To me, in my crazy head, the sign in the image above has always been the ancient Protection against the EVIL eye sign.
I’m not sure if KenBran knew this but I suspect that he did.
Most people think that the SIGN is …
WTF do horns have to do with eyes?
It is a physical FACT that the little finger is the weakest of all. Yes…you can put the eyes out with this hand gesture but – if your pinkies are low set, like mine, then this’ll make things rather difficult.
The sign of the horns IS Sympathy for the Devil. In my opinion.
You want to quote Bram Stoker’s Dracula at me? I’ll get in first.
The actual sign is NOT described. All that’s written is TWO FINGERS :
When we started, the crowd round the inn door, which had by this time swelled to a considerable size, all made the sign of the cross and pointed two fingers towards me. With some difficulty I got a fellow-passenger to tell me what they meant; he would not answer at first, but on learning that I was English, he explained that it was a charm or guard against the evil eye. This was not very pleasant for me, just starting for an unknown place to meet an unknown man; but every one seemed so kind-hearted, and so sorrowful, and so sympathetic that I could not but be touched. I shall never forget the last glimpse which I had of the inn-yard and its crowd of picturesque figures, all crossing themselves, as they stood round the wide archway, with its background of rich foliage of oleander and orange trees in green tubs clustered in the centre of the yard. Then our driver, whose wide linen drawers covered the whole front of the box-seat—“gotza” they call them—cracked his big whip over his four small horses, which ran abreast, and we set off on our journey.
But what the flying feck do I know?