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.
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.
Other practices to guard babies from the evil eye, besides giving them weird names, include piercing the ears of boys so people will think they are girls, who are considered of lesser value, taking them to live somewhere else for longer periods of time, or outright lying and telling people that they are sick or failed exams when in fact they are healthy or passed.
What I learned from Vincenzo and Maria--who, despite their initial disclaimer, did seem to justify all my friend's confidence in them--was that the belief in malocchio, or the evil eye, quickly adapted itself to an American landscape, and what was once a multifaceted belief system--with different variations for each of Italy's disparate regions-became homogenized.
As a consequence, the Welsh used some devices to protect their belongings, their beautiful children and their cattle from the effects of the evil eye.
In the case a mother suspected that someone was overlooking her child, the most common was seeing her spitting on him to avoid the evil eye.
To this day still, many modern cultures seek protection from the evil eye.
She's already giving me the evil eye,'' Reveche said.
The bad news is Nuri al-Maliki has to sleep with a chicken foot under his pillow to counter the curse of the evil eye.
Progressing Through The Negev: And to our left we see/the Bedouin woman/hurrying her infant out/of the hospital complex/before the Evil Eye sees//get back to the tent//Our guide points out/she'd wanted to stay there/with her midwife/with her husband's strong hands/ that he hasn't washed/these nine months.
These items range from glass beads for protection against the evil eye, to the mezuzah found on door frames, to the hamsa (five fingered hand), engraved pendants, tiny boxes containing special prayers, Aaron's breastplate, the knots on the prayer shawl, the teffilin, henna hand and foot painting, amulets from the Sefer Raziel that protect newborn infants from evil forces, and so much more.
Madonna and her film director husband Guy Ritchie are just two of the famous celebs who've adopted the sect's trade-mark red wool bracelet, which is believed to ward off the evil eye.