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Story of The Evil Eye

Story of The Evil Eye

       Throughout the history, the eye figure has been considered a powerful talisman that defies evil forces in every culture and religion. We find this figure in Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures as well as Buddhist and Hindu societies. This common tradition finds a new identity in the 3000 year old glass craftsmanship of Anatolia, Turkey when a master glassmaker combines the power of the eye figure with the power of fire and creates a new talisman, the Evil Eye Bead!

       The evil eye bead is an amulet that Turkish people believe protects against the evil eye which is a kind of negative power or bad energy. The belief is that even well-intentioned compliments include a conscious or unconscious dose of envy and resentment. As in many cultures, Turks believe that the envy of others can cause harm and that if you wear an evil eye amulet, all the bad energy will be directed to the amulet. This is an ancient superstition that you will find in many countries around the Mediterranean sea including Turkey, the Middle East and as far afield as India. The evil eye amulet is commonplace in Turkey: it can be seen hanging above the doorways of houses, businesses, offices or hanging from the rear-view mirrors of cars and especially pinned to the clothing of newborn babies. Women wear it in the form of bracelets, earrings or necklaces.

          In Hebrew, the evil eye is called "Ayin ha'ra". On mainland Italian, it is "Mal occhio" (the bad eye), in Spanish, "Mal ojo" or "El ojo" (the bad eye or just the eye) and in Farsi, "Bla band" (the eye of evil). In Sicily, someone who has the “evil eye” is known as a "Jettatore". The evil eye is also known as "Droch shuil" in Scotland, "Mauvais oeil" in France, "Büsen blick" in Germany and was known as "Oculus malus" to the Romans.

          Have you just had a baby? Bought a new car? Moved into a new house? Worried that your "friends" and others are envious about your good fortune? The protection of the evil eye is used for anything new or likely to attract praise. It resembles an eye and the typical blue color is said to protect the user.

         So the idea is to protect yourself, your house, business or loved ones. If you want to use it in your house, you should hang it by the front door so visitors can see it. If you want to wear one, we have a great selection of evil eye jewelry here at Nazar Imports.






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