Evil Eye


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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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Belief in the evil eye is strongest in West Asia, Latin America, East and West Africa, Central America, South Asia, Central Asia and Europe.
Some group consider the evil eye with magical effects and there are many prayers for elimination of evil eye.
The evil eye may have been introduced into Jewish thought by Talmudic authorities exposed to Babylonian culture, according to Joshua Trachtenberg, the late author of Jewish Magic and Superstition: A Study in Folk Religion.
I have found the policy of anonymity helpful in alleviating anxiety among some Italian Americans who worried that professing a belief in the evil eye could open them up to a reprimand from the parish priest or ridicule from members of the larger society.
But the truth is that many others do not even know what the evil eye is.
There is an injunction in Slovakia, "never give a child the breast after it is weaned," for fear that its desires will become implacable and look with an evil eye on other things that is forbidden to enjoy.
To improve their luck, some drivers display pictures of seven eyes, thought to be the ideal weapon for fighting the evil eye.
An evil eye is a look that is superstitiously believed to be able to cause injury or bad luck to the person at whom it is directed.
Summary: Ancient Egypt's stunning eye make-up not only shielded wearers from the dark deeds of the evil eye, but also protected them against eye disease, French scientists said.
Yet the Rowan has a mystic side Of which I now will tell, Gives protection from the evil eye And negates the witch's spell.
Some of Annoushka's family customs and beliefs inspired the new range Watch Over Me which features the evil eye design.
It is though that the concept of the evil eye was brought over to the New World by Spanish European conquerors influenced by the Moors and Middle Eastern culture.