Sunday, March 25, 2007

Evil Eye

The evil eye belief is that a person can harm you, your children, your business
by "looking at them" with envy and praising them.
Therefore it is imperative to have one of this blue glass eyes.
With that , you give the message as "I see what you are doing, and you cant get away with it."
The force of the evil eye was a widely accepted and feared random element in Turkish daily life. Nowadays, very few believe in the evil, but it is still such an enjoyable tradition.
You'll see them all over Turkey.
These were in Spice Market.
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13 comments:

isabella said...

Very cool! I know a bunch of girls who could use them... whenever their mothers-in-law visit ;-)

Dsole said...

oh yes, I have seen them around here... but didn't know its name. They're cool!
But i don't want to be watched all the time! ;)

Anna said...

All three of my kids have baby blankets from there with an evil eye pinned to them....

It is a neat tradition...

photowannabe said...

Interesting to learn about your Turkish customs. The Spice Market is very colorful.

Mike said...

Hi, I just came over from Anna's site. You have some really great pictures here. Keep up the good work. It is neat to be able to see and learn about a place halfway around the world.

angela said...

It's always interesting to learn about other customs and traditions. I like how you've composed your shot.
Angela

ruth said...

I have green-hazel eyes, and apparently green eyes are The evil ones. I used to see women look afraid when I admired their babies! I started keeping my eyes to myself. :|

BuJ said...

Oh the blue eye thingie is very famous.. in most arab countries, iran, caucuses, maybe even pakistan?

it's good stuff.... i don't believe in it, but i like the blue :)

mind you i believe in the concept of hasad.. or jealousy.. yk!

Kala said...

that was very interesting - never heard that before but its nice to know the story behind this =)

Andreea said...

i have one in the house as well :)

Monica said...

I have a blue glass eye!!! My grandmother brought it to me from Greece. I guess they have this same superstition there.

Ming_the_Merciless said...

I've seen a lot of people carrying the blue eye in their key chains in NYC. Turkish jewelries are very popular here. Also, the porcelain plates and bowls are very popular.

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