7 Extraordinary Eccentricities of the Malefic Evil Eye

What is the Evil Eye? 

The evil eye is a belief starting in antiquity that willingly or unwillingly others can cast an ‘evil eye’ of jealousy, envy, or malice on a person or a personal object, which brings them harm or misfortune.

Here are 7 extraordinary eccentricities of the malefic evil eye sure to raise your eyebrows!

1. The belief in the Evil Eye is older than most religions.

Older than Christianity, Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism and Judaism.

While Christianity began in 30 AD, and Islam in 610 AD, the belief in the Evil Eye dates back to 500 BC in ancient Rome, 700 BC in ancient Greece, 1500 BC or earlier in ancient Mesopotamia, and 3000 BC in ancient Egypt.

The only two religions believed to be as old, if not older than the belief in the Evil Eye are Hinduism and Judaism, both of which started around 2000 BC.

Incidentally, both these religions, though miles apart, are strong believers in the malefic effects of the Evil Eye, known as ‘nazar' in modern-day India and ‘áyin hā-rá’ in modern-day Israel.

2. A belief that cuts across modern-day countries and religions.

Amongst the most influential belief systems in the world today.

Before the alphabet, words, sentences, languages, and religions, there were symbols. The Evil Eye is one such symbol that has been with us since before recorded history.

It finds mention in the Quran, the Bible, in ancient Hindu, Buddhist, and Judist texts.

It can even be argued that the belief in the Evil Eye is the most popular single belief in the world today, more popular than the concept of heaven and hell, seven heavens, or that of rebirth and multiple lives.

3. It has over 25 different names in countries and cultures around the world today!

Following are the different words and phrases by which the Evil Eye is known around the world today.

1. Albania - "syri i keq" (bad eye)
2. Ancient Rome - "oculus malus" (the evil eye)
3. Ancient Persia - "bla band" (the eye of evil)
4. Armenia - “char atchk” (evil eye or bad eye)
5. Azerbaijan - "göz dəyməsi" (being struck by an eye)
6. Brazil - “mau-olhado” (act of giving a bad look)
7. China - “xié yǎn” (evil eye)
8. France - "le mauvais” (The bad eye)
9. Finland - "paha silmä" (evil/bad eye)
10. Germany - "böser blick" (evil gaze)
11. Greece - “matiasma” (casting the evil eye)
12. Hungary - “szemmelverés” (beating with eye)
13. India - “nazar” (afflicted by the evil eye), “kannu veykkuka” (to cast an evil eye), “kan padudhal” (casting an eye)
14. Iran - "چشم‌ زخم"‎ (injurious look/eyes causing injury)
15. Ireland - “drochshúil” (evil eye)
16. Israel - “áyin hā-ráʿ” (eye of evil)
17. Italy - “malocchio” (evil eye)
18. Japan - "jashi" (evil vision)
19. Mexico - “mal de ojo” (evil from the eye)
20. Netherlands - "het boze oog" (the angry eye)
21. Poland - "złe spojrzenie" (evil look)
22. Portugal - "mau olhado" (greedy eye)
23. Romania - “durnoy glaz)” (bad/evil eye)
24. Saudi Arabia - “ayn al-ḥasūd” (the eye of envy)
25. Scotland - "droch shuil" (evil eye)
26. Spain - “mal de ojo” (evil from the eye)
27. Turkey - “kem göz“ (evil eye)
28. Wales - “y llygad drwg” (the evil eye)

4. Can be given by accident, and can be given to yourself!

It's not only about jealously, malice or envy.

While the Evil Eye usually relates to a look of envy or malice cast by another, it’s possible for the Evil Eye to also be given by accident to others, especially our loved ones.

This can happen by excessive admiration, excessive love, and excessive praise, especially if it’s more than deserved.

What’s worse? We can unknowingly give the evil eye to ourselves by indulging in excessive self admiration, excessive self praise, and excessive self love.

Owing to this it was once believed that gods and goddesses used the evil eye to punish the hubris of those who had become too proud.

5. Amongst the most Universally accepted gifts ever.

Do celebrities believe in the power of the evil eye?

The belief in the Evil Eye spans across ages, genders, ethnicities, cultures, religions, and time.

Popular Celebrities who’ve been spotted wearing Evil Eye protection include Brad Pitt, Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, Cara Delevingne, Heidi Klum, Katrina Kaif, Kim Kardashian, Lauren Conrad, Lindsay Lohan, Madonna, Marie Kate, Miley Cyrus, Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Priyanka Chopra, Rita Ora, Rhianna, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, and Nora Fatehi amongst others

In fact, there are very few gift items in the world with as much of a universal appeal as Evil Eye protection.

6. Often found with other ancient symbols.

The Hamsa Hand, a lotus, a fish, a pyramid, the Eye of Ra and more.

The Evil Eye can most often be found with the Hamsa Hand, an eternal symbol of good luck, good fortune, good health, happiness, and protection from the Evil Eye.

The Evil Eye symbol is also often found with:

* Lotus flower - A symbol of purity, enlightenment, self-regeneration, and rebirth. As even with its roots in the dirtiest of water, the Lotus produces the most beautiful flower.

* Fish symbol - A symbol of fertility, rebirth, good luck, health, happiness, strength, and endurance. It is claimed that fish are resistant to the evil eye as they are always underwater, not visible directly to the human eye.

* Pyramid symbol - A symbol of timeless strength, new life, and longevity. Ancient Egyptians saw the shape of the Pyramids represent the physical body emerging from the Earth and ascending towards the light of the Sun.

Eye of Horus and the Eye of Ra - Both symbolizing protection, restoration, and good health. According to Egyptian myth, Horus lost his left eye in a battle, and the eye was magically restored by Hathor, and this restoration came to symbolize the process of making whole and healing.

7. Different colors mean different things.

See all Evil Eye color meanings below!

While it is believed that the color blue is historically associated with the Evil Eye owing to ancient Egypt.

As the production of glass technology developed, the high levels of oxide in Egyptian mud resulted in a cobalt blue color when glazed, giving the Evil Eye its distinct blue color.

Over time, however, different evil eye colors have come to symbolize different meanings and purposes for the traditional evil eye talisman. See all different Evil Eye color meanings with FAQs below!

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What is the Evil Eye?

The evil eye is a belief starting in antiquity that willingly or unwillingly others can cast an ‘evil eye’ of jealousy, envy, or malice on a person or a personal object, which brings them harm or misfortune.

The belief in the ‘evil eye’ spans across centuries, civilizations, religions, languages, and cultures. Known by different words and different symbols, but nearly the same interpretation.

How does a person protect themselves from the Evil Eye?

Attempts to ward off the curse of the evil eye have resulted in several talismans, each with its own unique culture and identity, but for the same purpose.

These talismans can be worn, carried, or hung in homes, and are said to turn away or turn back harm, thereby bringing good luck to those who possess or wear them.

These include evil eye jewelry, evil eye necklaces, evil eye bracelets, evil eye rings, evil eye earrings, evil eye pendants, evil eye charm beads, evil eye wall hangings, nazar amulets, and more.

As well as other symbols including the Eye of Horus or Eye of Ra, Sign of the Horns, traditional practices like wearing a red or black string on the wrist or waist, hanging chilies, adding a spot of black color to baby's forehead or eyes, and lots more.

What does the Evil Eye protect you from?

The Evil Eye protects you from harm or misfortune, by deflecting the ‘evil eye’ or a malicious glance of jealousy, envy, or malice cast by others.

The Evil Eye also protects us from harm or misfortune caused by over adoration, over love, and overpraise, that we may accidentally cause to our near and dear ones, or even ourselves.

Where did the Evil Eye come from?

Before the alphabet, words, sentences, languages, and religions, there were symbols. The Evil Eye is one such symbol that has been with us since before recorded history. 

It is believed that the Evil Eye was widely used in ancient Rome in 500 BC, and in ancient Greece in 700 BC. Recent archeological expeditions have dated the Evil Eye symbol back to ancient Mesopotamia in 1500 BC, and ancient Egypt in 3000 BC.

What is the Evil Eye Known as Around the World?

As the Evil Eye is a symbol that predates most modern religions, it is a symbol that transcends modern-day countries, communities, and people.

Following are the different ways in which the Evil Eye is known around the world today:

1. Albania - "syri i keq" (bad eye)
2. Ancient Rome - "oculus malus" (the evil eye)
3. Ancient Persia - "bla band" (the eye of evil)
4. Armenia - “char atchk” (evil eye or bad eye)
5. Azerbaijan - "göz dəyməsi" (being struck by an eye)
6. Brazil - “mau-olhado” (act of giving a bad look)
7. China - “xié yǎn” (evil eye)
8. France - "le mauvais” (The bad eye)
9. Finland - "paha silmä" (evil/bad eye)
10. Germany - "böser blick" (evil gaze)
11. Greece - “matiasma” (casting the evil eye)
12. Hungary - “szemmelverés” (beating with eye)
13. India - “nazar” (afflicted by the evil eye), “kannu veykkuka” (to cast an evil eye), “kan padudhal” (casting an eye)
14. Iran - "چشم‌ زخم"‎ (injurious look/eyes causing injury)
15. Ireland - “drochshúil” (evil eye)
16. Israel - “áyin hā-ráʿ” (eye of evil)
17. Italy - “malocchio” (evil eye)
18. Japan - "jashi" (evil vision)
19. Mexico - “mal de ojo” (evil from the eye)
20. Netherlands - "het boze oog" (the angry eye)
21. Poland - "złe spojrzenie" (evil look)
22. Portugal - "mau olhado" (greedy eye)
23. Romania - “durnoy glaz)” (bad/evil eye)
24. Saudi Arabia - “ayn al-ḥasūd” (the eye of envy)
25. Scotland - "droch shuil" (evil eye)
26. Spain - “mal de ojo” (evil from the eye)
27. Turkey - “kem göz“ (evil eye)
28. Wales - “y llygad drwg” (the evil eye)

Why is there a hand with the Evil Eye?

The Evil Eye is often found with the Hamsa Hand symbol. The Evil Eye in Hamsa Hand symbol is an ancient symbol of good luck, good fortune, good health, happiness, and protection from the evil eye.

Do celebrities believe in the Evil Eye?

The belief in the Evil Eye spans across ages, genders, ethnicities, cultures, religions, and time.

Popular Celebrities who’ve been spotted wearing Evil Eye protection include Brad Pitt, Britney Spears, Cameron Diaz, Cara Delevingne, Heidi Klum, Katrina Kaif, Kim Kardashian, Lauren Conrad, Lindsay Lohan, Madonna, Marie Kate, Miley Cyrus, Naomi Campbell, Nicole Richie, Priyanka Chopra, Rita Ora, Rhianna, Shilpa Shetty Kundra, and Nora Fatehi amongst others

Which cultures believe in the Evil Eye?

The Evil Eye is a symbol that has been with mankind since before most modern religions. The Evil Eye finds mention in the Quran, the Bible, in ancient Hindu, Buddhist, and Judist texts.

It can even be argued that the belief in the Evil Eye is the most popular single belief in the world today, more popular than the concept of heaven and hell, seven heavens, or that of rebirth and multiple lives.

What is the Greek Evil Eye?

The evil eye is known as “mati” in Greece, and “matiasma” is known as casting the evil eye.

The concept of the evil eye has been with the Greek people since 700 BC, and has been a common theme across Greek literature through the ages.

What is the Turkish Evil Eye?

The evil eye is known as “kem göz“ in Turkey, and the Turkish people have long used “nazarb boncugu”, or the blue evil eye bead to ward off its malefic effects.

It is believed that the belief in the evil eye spread East from Greece with the conquests of Alexander the Great.

It can also be argued that the evil eye today is most popular in Turkey, with it being omnipresent across houses, cars, jewellery, ornaments, accessories, and more.

What Do Different Evil Eye Colors Mean?

 

Dark Blue


For fate and karma protection. Also to counteract chaos or agitation with calm and relaxation, and also to open the flow of communication.

 

Light Blue


For general protection, and solitude, and peace. For broadening the wearer’s perspective, and for learning new information.

 

Light Green


For the protection of personal success with good health. For relaxation, enjoyment of life, to increase personal willpower, and the power to chase your dreams.

 

Dark Green


For the protection of happiness. Protection from fears and anxieties, freedom to pursue new ideas, promote change or growth, and find a new state of balance.

 

Yellow or Gold


For the protection of physical and mental health. To provide relief from lethargy, depression, panic, anxiety, nervousness, exhaustion, as well as for better decision making, sharper mind, and better concentration.

 

Orange


For the protection of happiness, and relief from things becoming too monotonous. To increase creativity, playfulness, becoming more involved with the things you like, and spice things up when you feel the time is dragging.

 

Red


For courage and protection from fears and anxieties. Confidence to go after your dreams with more energy and enthusiasm.

 

Brown


For protection from the elements, and a connection with natural earth and the stability it brings. As well as orderliness, convention, and a solid wholesome feeling.

 

Pink


For friendship and relationship protection. Also to neutralize disorder, and acceptance to life’s challenges with relaxation, calm, and contentment.

 

Purple


To energize from depression, and to rebalance your life. To use your imagination to the fullest, and remove obstacles.

 

Violet


For true love protection, and solitude, and inner communication to focus on personal issues. Also helps view things from a different, more interesting perspective and develop intuition.

 

Turquoise


For overall protection with good health. Also for femininity, visual refreshment, calmness, serenity, and wholeness.

 

Black


For power and prosperity protection. To open the door to mystery, and prepare for the unknown.

 

White


For purity of thoughts and actions. To bring mental clarity, focus, ability to clear clutter, obstacles, to start afresh, as well as for wealth.

 

Grey


For protection against sorrow. To be more open to new experiences, or to reduce the intensity of another color.

 

Transparent 


For clarity, mindfulness, and sanity protection. For a safe, neutral, and non-invasive feeling.

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