hex sign


hex sign
any of various magical symbols of usually stylized design, as those painted on barns by the Pennsylvania Dutch for protection against evil spirits and now sometimes used for purely decorative purposes. Also called hex mark.

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emblem
 emblem painted on a barn, especially in Pennsylvania Dutch country, an agricultural region in southeastern Pennsylvania largely settled by German immigrants who have preserved ethnic custom and identification to a high degree (see Pennsylvania German). Hex designs, usually round, with colourful, simple floral and geometric motifs, are said to protect farm animals from disease and other misfortunes resulting from witches' spells and especially the evil eye.

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