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A culture-bound symptom complex described in certain Mediterranean countries—e.g., Italy, where it is called malocchio—more common in children and adult women. Malocchio may stem from something as simple as a gesture of spite by a person looking another in the eye, cursing him/her
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Constructs of ethnicity, such as the surreptitious profession of a belief in malocchio, served to center Italian American identity, but often in the negative context of subordination to the dominant social order.
She put a Malocchio on a woman in Monterrey in 1949, and within three years that woman had three brothers in prison and three grandchildren with their left foot two inches shorter than the right,'' he said.
Le cosiddette deinas o orassionarjas (women who pray for the individual's good) usano tre grani di sale per scacciare il malocchio e altrettantine ponevano le madri tra le fasce del bimbo per proteggerlo dagli influssi negativi.