I found these on http://www.buddhanet.net/mudras.htm and thought they might be helpful in understanding images that we are seeing of the Buddha in both India and Asia. Enjoy!
If your in my class and you want extra credit here's a fun assignment you can do. Draw each mudra an dwrite what it really means. Then try to explain how or why that mudra might have gotten that meaning. You don't have to do historical research, but if you do please share with me! This is more of a memory device to help you remember. We already talked about how the mudra for teaching has teh fingers making a circle, and lots of Buddhist teachings involve the wheel. Now you try it!
The Gesture Warding off Evil (Tarjani Mudra) with forefinger and little finger outstretched.
The Gesture of Prayer (Namaskara Mudra) with the palms folded together.
The Gesture Beyond Misery (Buddha-Shramana Mudra) also called an ascetic’s Gesture of Renunciation.
The Gesture of Warding off Evil (Bhutadamara Mudra) this is a protection gesture