What is Evil Eye?

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Turkish Evil Eye Pendants/ Amulets / Nazar

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Have you heard about this: “if looks could kill” or this “looking daggers at someone” or ever wished that you could kill with a single glance?

Throughout the history people have considered eye figure as an amulet/pendant that sending terrible energy (Nazar) away therefore pendants have been sharing the pretty shape of an eye, which we call “evil eye” today.

Nazar derives from Arabic, word by word meaning “look” or “glance.”

It is said that the idea of evil eye has been relative to the eyes and looks.

Since Eye is our window to world that’s why they are kind of the way out of good or evil thoughts like envy or greed. Those beautiful eyes might be bearer of misfortune and doom when they turn towards you with deep greed. Blue colored stone, which is believed to have absorbent properties in order to secure from this wickedness, is the evil eye bead of today.

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Similia similibus effect or “like influences like”

It’s a common belief that best antidote to snake poison usually comes from snake itself. So that symbols same shape of evil eye may hedge evil round.

Anyone, who has been to Turkey, would remember blue eye symbols on plates, jewelry, pottery or glass even on coffee cups, on the walls of houses or in cars, buses…

Why Turks have those blue eyes everywhere?

What is the history behind ?

Evil eye is as old as human history.

Ancient Mesopotamia, Greece, and Rome through to the Bible, Medieval Europe, and even today.
First and oldest references, of course, come from Sumerian cuneiform texts 3,000 BC. It probably jumps from one civilization and religion to another one after Sumerians. As a matter of fact it has become “ayin harah” in Hebrew, baskania for Greeks and fascinatio for Romans. Later on we read Paul, on Bible, asking people in Anatolia:

“Oh you uncomprehending Galatians, who has injured you with an Evil Eye?”

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Turkish people are particularly cautious of people with blue eyes.

They believe in three types. 1. unconscious so unintentionally, 2. intent,  deliberation. 3. invisible eye so intense kind. Evil eye for Turks dates back to Central Asia’s shamanism and totemism. Not only blue colored eye, Turks have many more idioms that they have believed to have the same absorbing effect. For example: horseshoe, eggshell, garlic, dry thorn, doll, agate stone, children’s shoes, turtle shell, wolf’s tooth, coral, nigella, seashells, pebble, dates kernel. Moreover, you can still witness horseshoe with blue eye stone pinned on them are hanging on the house gates in Turkey.

They use these idioms to reflect a wicked glance full of envy or greed back to it’s owner.

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