Gnarled and twisted, these wooden bones and root veins have come together to make a Hand of Glory, more truer to the name.
"Hand of Glory" is a folk etymology; it derives from the French "main de gloire" which is a corruption of mandragore, which is a mandrake.
The Hand of Glory Altar comes with three starter candles, to burn over the hand. It is said that while the candle burns everyone in its presence is immobilized, and that it can open locks.
The hand is the size of an average man’s.