What is Evil Eye?

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The Evil Eye in the form of beads, pendants, earrings, necklaces, etc. – has been around since the beginning of time. The origins of the Evil Eye are Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean. The concept was introduced into the Americas, South Pacific Islands, Asia, Africa and Australia by European explorers.

The Evil Eye is a belief that a person, any person, can harm you, your children, or your belongings simply by looking at them with envy and praising them. Jealousy, envy, or praise can inflict all kinds of misfortune. The penetrating look is believed to cause illness, injury, or death either intentionally or unintentionally upon its target. The Evil Eye is not always intentional or necessarily considered to be associated with witchcraft or sorcery. In fact the thoughts come in a more complimentary format than negative.

Most common is the belief that the Evil Eye can cause things to wither away or dry up.  Things that have been commonly attributed to the casting of the Evil Eye are: illnesses, common things like stomach illness, children getting very ill, mother’s milk drying up too soon, impotency in men and the loss of crops.

This age old concept is really alive and well today in many cultures, with some very strong, with others it is a more subtle notion. The Nazar Boncuk charm (or Evil Eye Bead) is an “eye”, often set on a blue background. It stares back at the world to ward off the evil spirits and keep you safe from harm.

Fortunately the Evil Eye is also referred to as the Lucky Eye!! This is the positive effect that people believe wearing the Evil Eye in the format of jewelry will bring to you. Not only is it believed that you will be protected by onlookers casting the Evil Eye by your Nazar Boncuk but you will also be brought good luck in turn.

So we like to say “There’s nothing evil about it!”



History of the Evil Eye:

The Evil Eye has been around since the beginning of time. The origins of the Evil Eye are Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean. The concept was introduced into the Americas, South Pacific Islands, Asia, Africa and Australia by European explorers.  Ironically, these same explorers may in fact be the ones who brought about the concept of the Evil Eye to begin with.  Consider that the Evil Eye developed in the Mediterranean and Middle-East.  These cultures are populated by dark eyed, dark haired peoples.  When they were invaded by or conquered by Europeans who looked very different, especially blue-eyed blonde haired people, who perhaps stared, and then death or evil befell them the concept began.  So in turn blue eyes generally were considered more likely to cast the Evil Eye.  (Remember the reaction I received even today in Turkey, so interesting.)

Casting the Evil Eye is directly related to the concept of all people have a Third Eye in the center of their forehead.  If an Evil Eye is cast upon you, your Third Eye is impacted and clouded.

It may sound silly but if you think carefully about your everyday life, all it takes is a gaze that seems to be unfriendly, unkind, indifferent or blank and seems to be too long. We think about it for a few minutes afterwards, for some reason it won’t leave our mind for the rest of the day.  Maybe it even makes us feel uncomfortable; we try and figure out “What on Earth was that person thinking?”  In the UK the term for the Evil Eye is “overlooking”, meaning the glance or gaze has lasted too long on its object.  These simple looks can be the cast of the Evil Eye, intentional or not.


How to say Evil Eye in different Cultures:

English               Evil Eye, Evil Look, All seeing Eye, Evil Eye Protector

Turkish               Nazar, Kem Göz, Nazar Boncugu

Italian                Mallochio, La Jettatura

Persian               Cheshm Zakhm

Greek                 Matiasma, Mati, Vaskania

Arabic                Ayin Hasad

Macedonian      Zlobno Oko

German             bösen Blick

Spanish              malojo

Hebrew              ayin horeh

French                mauvais oeil

Indian                 Drishtidosham

UK                      overlooking


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