Najas

The inverted crescent pendant on Squash Blossom necklaces — called the “Naja” by the Navajo — is found in various design forms throughout world cultures. The Naja has its origin during the Middle Ages, when the Moors adopted this symbol as a bridle ornament and believed that the inverted crescent would protect both themselves and their horses from the “evil eye.” When the Spaniards came to South and Central America, they brought that same idea with them for the protection of their horses and soldiers. The Moors taught the Spanish, who taught the Mexicans, who then taught the Navajo. This symbolic design and all its variations are still used and honored today!

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