The Evil Eye, known as mati in Greece and nazar in Turkey is a curse believed to be given to a person by another with a malicious or envious glare. The curse of the Evil Eye is feared across the world because of its perceived ability to inflict misfortune, loss, or bad luck. People can intentionally wish their negative thoughts on someone, but the Evil Eye can be cast unknowingly or accidentally too, through excessive praise, for example. That’s why it is so important to wear Evil Eye jewelry in order to protect yourself from the curse and go about your day and life with confidence.
What Is Evil Eye Jewelry?
People believe in the powers of the Evil Eye jewelry as the best method of protecting themselves from the curse. Such jewelry is crafted to reflect the negative energies of the curse back to the person who cast it. The amulet with the Evil Eye originated in Greek culture, where it was called “apotropaic,” meaning one reflecting damage. But, the most basic design of Evil Eye jewelry includes nazar, the talisman from Turkey and the Middle East, depicted as an eye and placed in jewelry, houses, and vehicles.
In Africa and the Middle East, one of the most powerful Evil Eye talismans is Hamsa jewelry, or Hand of Fatima jewelry. Hamsa resembles a hand with five fingers and features the Evil Eye symbol in the center of the palm. Hamsa hand jewelry is used in many countries to prevent the person from getting the Evil Eye. In Jewish culture, Hamsa hand is known as the Hand of Miriam, or also the Hand of God. Hamsa jewelry is represented by Evil Eye necklaces, bracelets, and rings.
Regardless of the style of Evil Eye jewelry, the design starts with a basic eye set on a blue background. This eye is often decorated with stones and jewels to show the power of its wearer. In addition, individual beliefs and traditions of different cultures are also reflected in their Evil Eye jewelry designs. At first, only necklaces were used for protection from the curse. When a person cast the Evil Eye, the necklace would reflect it back quickly. However, the superstition found its way into other jewelry items, such as rings, bracelets, and anklets.
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Greek Belief in Mati Mataki
Belief in the curse of the Evil Eye comes from times of the ancients and continues into the present day in many cultures around the world. In Mediterranean in particular, it is common that people wear Evil Eye jewelry to protect themselves from malevolent glare. In Greece, the curse is known as matiasma Evil Eye, or mati mataki. According to Greek superstitions, matiasma can be a result of envy, jealousy, malevolent glare, transferring negativity to a material, and other actions that can bring bad luck to the person they are aimed at.
Apart from jealousy or envy, Greeks believe in excessive begrudge or compliments as sources of the Evil Eye curse. Even if the praise of the other person is sincere, they can still cast this curse upon another, albeit unintentionally. In Ancient Greece, children and young girls were thought to be especially vulnerable to the curse. That is why parents and relatives avoided praising children excessively or said prayers in order to prevent themselves from casting the curse on their young. They also placed Greek Evil Eye jewelry in babies’ cribs.
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Because the symbol of the Evil Eye is blue in color, it is believed that people with eyes shades of blue cause the curse most often. And there are several ways how people can protect themselves. For example, young brides hide scissors to prevent being cast the Evil Eye, adults place caldron items behind their ears, and mothers attach blue beads to their children’s beds, clothes, or toys. Greeks also believe that hanging up garlic somewhere in the house can help protect the house and the people living in it.
If someone was cast upon a curse of the Evil Eye, they might experience headaches, stress, sadness, fatigue, discomfort, negativity, or tension. But, luckily, there are ways to protect yourself from the malevolent glare or excessive praise. In Greek Evil Eye jewelry, they use mati mataki, special blue beads, along with Greek eye charm that contains blue Evil Eye beads. According to traditions, carrying blue mataki beads helps keep the negative energies away from the wearer.
There is also a Greek ritual called xematiasma performed by healers on those who were cursed by the Evil Eye. A healer would pray with the name of the victim, then fill a bowl with water and drop olive oil into it. After that, he has to make the sign of the cross three times, then take some water with his hands and splash it into the air three times as well.
Sometimes, one xematiasma ritual is not enough, especially if the curse cast on the person was particularly strong. In that case, the victim has to come back the next day for the second ritual, or the healer can also perform it from afar. Once the Evil Eye curse is gone, the oil drops remain separate instead of spreading to form as sheen. Because it is difficult to get rid of the curse, it is best to protect yourself from getting it with the help of Greek Evil Eye jewelry.
Turkish Nazar for Protection
In Turkey, most people fear the Evil Eye even today, where they believe it is an envious look that can cause an ill effect. Sometimes envy can be seen when someone is gazing for too long at children or pets of the other person with admiration. Turkish believe that if someone has too much good fortune, something is bound to go wrong. That is why in Turkey Evil Eye jewelry is very common.
There is a legend that goes like this: once upon a time, there was a village by the sea in Turkey. Along the shore, the villagers found a huge rock that nobody could move out of the way. But, fortunately, in that situation, there was one person living there who was said to possess the ability to give someone the Evil Eye. That person came to see the rock and was openly admiring how big it was. And as soon as he arrived there and looked at the rock, the latter cracked and split into two parts, which villagers could easily move then.
Because of this legend, people started believing in the curse of the Evil Eye. When someone’s possessions get lost, or someone gets sick or experiences a stream of bad luck, people say that the Evil Eye, also known as “nazar” touched that person. The word “nazar” comes from Arabic and literally translates as “eye.” If you feel as if somebody has cast the Evil Eye curse on you, you can wear “muska,” the Turkey Evil Eye jewelry with a prayer that serves to protect against the jealous glare.
But, what can people do to protect themselves? In case of the Turkish, they can use the Evil Eye bead, called nazar boncugu. It is translated as “benevolent eye” that people carry or wear in jewelry to protect themselves from the dark qualities of the envious look. Nazar amulet is the Evil Eye jewelry that reflects the negative energies coming from the Evil Eye back to the person who cast the curse. The amulet usually has a round shape and is crafted from glass, featuring concentric circles in blue and white colors.
Nazar talisman looks like an eye, and its powers are based on the notion of fighting fire with fire, using Turkey Evil Eye jewelry against the Evil Eye. Blue color in the amulet is thought to be of divine origin in many cultures, because it is the color of the sky and the sea. Hence, it is believed to ward off bad luck and chase away negativity. The best nazar beads are crafted by Turkish artisans following a longstanding glassmaking tradition in the Middle East. The bead makers of Kurudere and Gorece claim to be the only ones making the true nazar boncugu.
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Believing in the Evil Eye is certainly widespread in contemporary Turkey. You can see a lot of Evil Eye jewelry items with blue beads sold at every corner and souvenir shops. Someone wearing a nazar amulet should also know that if there is a crack in the Evil Eye bead, that means it has absorbed or reflected a powerful curse cast by someone. In this case, the bead needs to be replaced immediately.
Wear Evil Eye Jewelry for Protection
Evil Eye still has a powerful influence in contemporary society, especially when people are focused on acquiring wealth and achieving success. There is probably not a person who hasn’t heard about the Evil Eye or met a person they thought was capable of casting the envious glare. In Greece and Turkey, for example, the legend is as alive as thousands of years ago, deeply rooted in everyday life and carrying symbolic meaning in the cultures of those countries. If you believe in the Evil Eye, it is time to protect yourself with a talisman. Choose from the various designs of the Evil Eye jewelry and Hamsa hand jewelry at My Good Luck Charms and stay in the clear from the Evil Eye.