The Evil Eye

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I’m pretty sure most of you have seen this popular symbol many times, and for those who haven’t, you’re most likely too eventually. But what’s most fascinating, is the deep and meaningful history of the evil eye symbol, and what it’s capable of.

The evil eye is basically a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called “evil eyes”. In Turkey, the most common form of a protective object is the evil eye. Knowing locally as the Blue eye, it may be worn as a decoration, carried as a key ring, hung in a car or bus, or placed in a house.

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Some evil eye amulets are combined with other protective symbols, promising a double protection. There are, for instance, the Hamsa hand with a blue eye in the center of the palm as shown in the picture above. These variations appear to be recent and are probably aimed more at the tourist trade than the local inhabitants, who seem to prefer to hang up a single, large, dramatically simple evil eye made of shiny glass.

I personally love the evil eye. I have several placed in my room and a few on my necklaces and bracelets. I do believe they possess the power to protect you from certain ill wishes and is why I keep using them.

  • Neil Omacharan –
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