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What is the "Evil Eye"?

by Ozge Uyanik Fien Helfman 05 May 2023

The evil eye bead, also known as nazar boncugu in Turkish, is a popular talisman used to ward off evil and protect against negative energy. This small, blue bead with a white or black dot in the center has a long and fascinating history.

The evil eye is a belief that has been around for thousands of years, and it is a prevalent superstition in many cultures around the world. The idea is that certain people possess a power to cause harm or bad luck with just a glance. This power is known as the 'evil eye.'

The use of the evil eye bead as a protective talisman has been traced back to ancient Mesopotamia, where it was believed to have the power to ward off evil spirits. In ancient Rome, the evil eye was believed to be caused by envy and jealousy, and the evil eye bead was used to protect against these negative emotions.

In Turkey, the evil eye bead is an important part of daily life. It is believed that the bead has the power to absorb negative energy and protect against the evil eye. The bead is used in many different ways, including as a decorative item in homes, cars, and offices. It is also commonly worn as a piece of jewelry, such as a necklace or bracelet.

The evil eye bead is often made from glass, and the blue color is said to represent the color of the Mediterranean Sea, which is considered to be a symbol of good luck and protection. The white or black dot in the center of the bead is believed to represent the pupil of an eye, which is thought to have the power to repel evil.

Today, the evil eye bead has become a popular symbol around the world, and it is often used in fashion and home décor. Many people believe that wearing or displaying an evil eye bead can help protect them from negative energy and bring good luck and prosperity.

In conclusion, the evil eye bead is a fascinating talisman with a long and rich history. From ancient Mesopotamia to modern-day fashion and home décor, the evil eye bead has stood the test of time as a powerful symbol of protection against the evil eye and negative energy.

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