Evil Eye History

Evil Eye History, myth or fact…

Is evil eye history, truly a myth or fact? Hence does anyone really know what is true behind it?

Maybe it is just something, that manifested itself; from stories passed down from generation to generation?

Is it a piece of important history, that changes a little each time it is told?

It would be interesting to find ancient books on the subject, to see what pieces are fact and which are truly myth.

Was it a symbolic piece of certain cultures, that others have tried to duplicate?

When doing research on the subject.

You will find that, most reports do coincide with each other.

With their own added words, displaying their conception of the meaning and evil eye history.

While it is an interesting topic:

I am a sceptic and cant help but have my doubts, and this topic remains a controversy to me.

Below I put some different articles from various places, with links to where I found them, so if it interests you.

There is a broad range of places out there, to study the topic.

Evil Eye History


One thing for sure there is evil eye history!

What is the “Evil Eye” and what is the history behind it?

The evil eye history is the idea that there are people who can place a bad eye on you.

This bad eye is thought of as a look given to inflict harm, suffering or some form of bad luck on a person.

These ill feelings, whether done consciously or unconsciously.

It may still put a jinx on a person or item, causing something bad to happen to them.

It is because of this that throughout countless stages of human history.

Man has searched for the assistance of magic objects, called talismans, to defy these evil forces.


This is an article I got from Evil Eye History  Although I am not promoting their product, I like their article and it seems to coincide with other articles around the history of the evil eye.

The evil eye. Chances are you have seen this famous symbol many times.

You’ve probably even worn one and you’ve definitely seen someone wearing an evil eye amulet.

You may have witnessed a person give the “evil eye” look (and you may have even given it yourself).

But do you know the deep and meaningful history of the evil eye symbol.

And do you know how popular and prevalent the evil eye is throughout a plethora of different cultures?

Below is the need-to-know information on the symbol that is so popular, it is currently one of the most trendy pieces of jewelry.

Meaning and Evil Eye History

The symbol and superstition of the evil eye is one of the strongest symbolic images in the world.

Yet, despite the differences in the cultures which hold the evil eye myth.

It retains largely the same meaning no matter where the story is told.

The evil eye is thought of as a look given to inflict harm, suffering, or some form of bad luck on those that it is cast upon.

It is a look which clearly states that one intends for something bad to happen to the object of one’s focus, either out of jealousy or pure malice.

The superstition of the evil eye holds that the malicious look is powerful enough to bring about actual disaster.

To whomever is the unfortunate person that is the receiver of the glare.

Some early history:

Evil Eye HistoryThe earliest known evidence for belief in the evil eye.

Goes back to ancient Greece and Rome.

It was believed that the evil eye was the largest threat.

Anyone who had been praised too much.

Or received admiration beyond what they truly deserved.

The praised person would become so swollen with pride that he or she would bring about his or her own doom via the evil eye.

Which was believed to be able to cause physical and mental illness.

In fact, any disease which did not have an immediate, obvious cause was thought to be caused by the evil eye.

It was thought that the gods and goddesses were punishing those who had become too proud of their achievements.

Hence, destroying them with the power of the evil eye to restore them to the level of mere mortals.

A wide spread belief:

A belief in the evil eye is widespread on every continent.

The Middle East, Asia, Europe, and Central America all fear the evil eye.

In Shahih Muslim Book 26, the prophet Muhammad warns about the dangers of the evil eye.

And says that one must take a bath in order to counteract the effects of the evil eye’s power.

Much as in Classic Greece and Ancient Rome, Islamic culture holds that excessive praise will bring about the ill effects of the evil eye.

Thus, instead of praising an adorable child, one is supposed to say that “God has willed” the child’s good lucks, or risk endangering the youth.

Ashkenazi Jews also believe that excessive praise causes a vulnerability to the evil eye.

And will repeat a Yiddish phrase, “Keyn aynhoreh!” meaning “no evil eye” in order to protect against it.

Hinduism have more powerful beliefs:

The evil eye is a powerful superstition in India.

Hinduism preaches that the eye is the most powerful point at which the body can give off energy.

Thus, a strong fear of an “evil” look from the eye makes sense; the evil eye holds enormous powers.

The Hindus fear that even an “admirable” eye can bring about ill luck, resulting in the supply of milk from cows drying up.

In fact, the Hindus will offer the “admiring” person a bowl of milk to counteract the threat of the evil eye.

The Hindus believe that jealousy is at the root of the power of the evil eye.

Whether in the form of a malicious or admirable look.

Interestingly, the Hindus teach that the times of change in life.

As in during puberty, marriage, or childbirth.

Then is when one is most vulnerable to the threat of the evil eye.

Hindus believe that even animals such as the snake are capable of giving one the evil eye.

The Hindus believe that, even though men are capable of casting the evil eye.

Women are the most common sources of the glance.

For this reason, in South India women will paint their eyelids black to protect themselves from the evil eye.

And to prevent themselves from eyeing another with the look.

The belief for some are very real

In South America, Brazil holds a superstition equivalent to the evil eye known as the “fat eye.”

Compliments which are sincere are not feared to cause the evil eye to attack as in other countries.

But insincere compliments are thought to put one at stake.

Evil Eye HistoryIn Europe, the myth of the evil eye.

Also originated with the idea that envious or malicious looks had the power to bring about bad luck.

The largest source of the evil eye was believed to be witches.

Yet those with eye colors which were rare were also seen as powerful possessors of the evil eye look.

For instance, Germans feared those with red eyes.

Ireland, those with squinty eyes were feared to be evil eye sorcerers.

In Italy, the uni-brow was another sign that one would cast an evil eye.

The fear of the evil eye history did not carry over to America.

Except in the form of a metaphor.

While the superstition is not intense enough to take precaution.

The evil eye is seen as impolite.

And a warning that the source of the evil eye has bad intentions.

Methods of Protection against the Evil Eye

In addition to the use of evil eye amulets.

The Greeks would carry incense or the cross as protection against evil eye history.

New mothers would keep objects as protection under their pillows or on their heads.

These included red, black, or white strings, a nail, gunpowder, bread, salt, garlic, a ring, indigo blue, or a pair of silver buckles.

Each of these objects held a meaning which made it a good defense against the evil eye.

For instance, gunpowder symbolized an ability to fight back against the evil eye.

The nail symbolized strength.

Indigo held its power in its blue coloring. Salt was a symbol of preservation and strength.

Evil Eye Remedies

If these preventative steps failed.

The Greeks had many more remedies against the evil eye.

Some villages, the fur of a bear would be burned to cure the curse.

Others, a gypsy would massage the forehead to get rid of the ill effects of the evil eye.

In many countries, including Greece, Armenia, and Assyria.

It is thought that a pinch on the rear will remedy the curse of evil eye history.

In Europe, some Christians have the tradition of creating the sign of the cross with their hands.

While at the same time pointing the index and pinky finger toward the source of the evil eye.

In Bangladesh, a black dot is drawn on the forehead of children to ward off the evil eye curse.

Pretty young women have a secret dot drawn in kohl behind their ears to protect against the evil eye.

Evil Eye Amulets and Talismans

Phrases and rituals are not the only way to protect against the power of the evil eye.

The most popular method of escaping the evil eye’s effects in many cultures is by the use of evil eye talismans, evil eye symbols, and evil eye jewelry.

These are meant to “reflect” the power of the evil look.

The evil eye amulet originated in Greece, where it was known as an “apotropaic” amulet, meaning that it reflected harm.

The most basic design of the evil eye, prevalent in the Middle East.

Is a talisman designed with concentric blue and white circles.

It was made to symbolize the evil eye, known as the nazar.

It is often used on houses, vehicles, or jewelry.

One of the most powerful of the evil eye amulet

Evil Eye Historyin the Middle East and Africa is the Hamsa,

Also, known as the “Hand of Fatima.”

Hamsa is a hand-shaped symbol with the evil eye on the palm.

The hamsa can be used in wallpaper or jewelry to ward off the evil eye.

The hamsa is also found in Jewish culture.

Where it is known as the “Hand of God” or the “Hand of Miriam.”

The popularity of Kabbalah has revived the hamsa and influenced its presence in jewelry and design.

The Evil Eye in Modern Life

The evil eye history still has powerful influence in modern life, pop culture, and even jewelry and design.

Who is not familiar with the phrase “the evil eye,” or thought to have caught someone casting it their way at least once or twice before?

In Turkey, the Evil Eye is ingrained in every day life and has deep symbolism throughout the culture.

The Evil Eye pendant is affixed to anything that is perceived to attract greed, envy, or ill-will.

In Turkey, you will find the Evil Eye symbol on currency, in homes and offices.

Hanging from the necks of newborn children and farm animals.

And in the foundations of buildings.

Evil Eye Jewelry

The evil eye is an extremely popular piece in jewelry design at the moment.

In recent years many celebrities, ranging from Madonna, Britney Spears, The Olsen Twins, Mick Jagger, and Nicole Richie (just to name a few).

They  have been photographed wearing red Kabbalah bracelets.

Which are thought to be another method of protection against the evil eye.

The evil eye amulet has been worn in public by celebrities such as as Cameron Diaz, Kelly Ripa, Brad Pitt, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Lauren Conrad, and Rhianna.

Clearly, this iconic and stylish image has only increased in popularity.

The Evil Eye History- Just a Myth?

Interestingly, the myth of evil eye history  seems to make a lot of sense in our current world.

The idea that too much fame, fortune, success, or praise can bring about one’s downfall might reinforce the notion of the evil eye.

The above mentioned Ms. Lohan, and more recently Charlie Sheen, are both examples of how the power of success can turn into disaster.

Could it be that if Lindsay had been wearing the evil eye sooner, she’d be in better shape?

Millions of believers would probably tell you just that.

Whatever the case, those most often in the spotlight.

Should probably carry with them the protection of an evil eye amulet or evil eye talisman — just to be safe!

 My beliefs I have put below

“I am a firm believer in Christ, so I view this “Evil Eye” phenomenon, as just that; evil.

I don’t believe that you should cast the evil eye on others, as you shouldn’t be looked upon with it either.

I wouldn’t want to wear a symbolic piece of jewelry against my beliefs, nor would I want my children to.

Again, this is just my beliefs. 

Is it meant to deter evil, or cast out evil, that is my controversy over it.

Would it be safer toEvil Eye History wear a symbol that is considered evil, or should you wear the talisman to protect you from it?

I feel the same way about the cross, again another symbol.

It should be what the cross stands for, versus the cross itself.

 Are they not all a form of false idols, meant to replace God?

Keep your eye on the light of Jesus and then these symbols mean nothing.

I have put a few scriptures below.

Not to push my beliefs upon others.

But to show that the Evil Eye is also mentioned in the Bible, which I believe in.

This is yet, another piece of history and another origin, in which the evil eye derives.”

September Reynolds


These are from the King James Bible, another place with the Evil Eye history and origin.

Proverbs 23:6 Context

3Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.

4Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.

5Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.

6Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:

7For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.

8The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, and lose thy sweet words.

9Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.

Proverbs 28:22 Context

19He that tilleth his land shall have plenty of bread: but he that followeth after vain persons shall have poverty enough.

20A faithful man shall abound with blessings: but he that maketh haste to be rich shall not be innocent.

21To have respect of persons is not good: for for a piece of bread that man will transgress.

22He that hasteth to be rich hath an evil eye, and considereth not that poverty shall come upon him.

23He that rebuketh a man afterwards shall find more favour than he that flattereth with the tongue.

24Whoso robbeth his father or his mother, and saith, It is no transgression; the same is the companion of a destroyer.

25He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.

Mark 7:22 Context

19Because it entereth not into his heart, but into the belly, and goeth out into the draught, purging all meats?

20And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man.

21For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders,

22Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness:

23All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.

24And from thence he arose, and went into the borders of Tyre and Sidon, and entered into an house, and would have no man know it: but he could not be hid.

25For a certain woman, whose young daughter had an unclean spirit, heard of him, and came and fell at his feet.

The fact behind evil eye history.

Is that it has played an important part of many places for years.

Whether it has been the evil eye itself or a talisman to ward off its evil attempts!

These are all taken from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

In Islam

Evil eye, Isabat al-’ayn, is a common belief that individuals.

Have the power to look at people, animals or objects to cause them harm.


Assyrians are also strong believers in the evil eye.

They will usually wear a blue/turquoise bead around a necklace to be protected from the evil eye.

In Judaism

Judaism believes that a “good eye” designates an attitude of good will and kindness towards others.

Someone who has this attitude in life will rejoice when his fellow man prospers; he will wish everyone well.

An “evil eye” denotes the opposite attitude.

A man with “an evil eye” will not only feel no joy but experience actual distress.

When others prosper, and will rejoice when others suffer.

A person of this character represents a great danger to our moral purity.


A typical nazar is made of handmade glass featuring concentric circles or teardrop shapes.

In dark blue, white, light blue and black, occasionally with a yellow/gold edge.

As a legacy of the Turkish Ottoman Empire.

It is a common sight in Turkey, Romania, Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Greece, Cyprus, Syria, Lebanon, Palestine, Israel, Egypt, Armenia, Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq and Azerbaijan,[18]


Belief in the evil eye history, or buda (var. bouda), is widespread in Ethiopia.

Buda is generally believed to be a power held.

And wielded by those in a different social group.

For example among the Beta Israel or metalworkers.

But nowadays, with expansion of science, such backward beliefs are withering away.

Some Ethiopian Christians carry an amulet or talisman.

Known as a kitab, or will invoke God’s name, to ward off the ill effects of buda.

A debtera, who is either an unordained priest or educated layperson.

Will create these protective amulets or talismans.


In Pakistan, the evil eye history is called Nazar (نظر).

People usually may resort to reading the last three chapters of the Quran.

Namely SuraIkhlas, SuraAl-Falaq and Sura Al-Nas.

Masha’Allah” (ما شاء الله‎) (“God has willed it.”) is commonly said to ward off the evil eye.

Understanding of evil eye varies by the level of education.

Some perceive the use of black color to be useful in protecting from evil eye.

Others use “taawiz” to ward off evil eye.

Truck owners and other public transport vehicles may commonly be seen using a small black cloth on the bumpers to prevent evil eye.


The evil eye history, known as μάτι (mati), “eye”, as an apotropaic visual device.

Is known to have been a fixture in Greece dating back to at least the 6th century BC.

When it commonly appeared on drinking vessels.

In Greece, the evil eye is cast away through the process of xematiasma (ξεμάτιασμα).

Whereby the “healer” silently recites a secret prayer passed over.

From an older relative of the opposite sex, usually a grandparent.

Such prayers are revealed only under specific circumstances.

For according to superstition those who reveal them indiscriminately lose their ability to cast off the evil eye.

There are several regional versions of the prayer in question, a common one being:

Holy Virgin, Our Lady, if [insert name of the victim] is suffering of the evil eye.

Release him/her of it.”

Evil repeated three times.

According to custom, if one is indeed afflicted with the evil eye.

Both victim and “healer” then start yawning profusely.

The “healer” then performs the sign of the cross three times.

And emits spitting-like sounds in the air three times.

A very similar ritual can be found in neighboring Bulgaria.


Various evil eye amulets from Italy such as the cornicello, cimaruta, and lunula (1895).
The cornicello, “little horn”, also called the cornetto (“little horn”, plural cornetti).
Is a long, gently twisted horn-shaped amulet.
Cornicelli are usually carved out of red coral or made from gold or silver.
Two handsigns (fig sign and horned sign) used in Italy against the evil eye (1914).
The wielder of evil eye history, the jettatore.
Is described as having a striking facial appearance.
High arching brows with a stark stare that leaps from his black eyes.

Spain and Latin America

The evil eye history or ‘Mal de Ojo’ has been deeply embedded in Spanish popular culture.

Throughout its history and Spain is the origin of this superstition in Latin America.

In Mexico and Central America, infants are considered at special risk for evil eye history.

And are often given an amulet bracelet as protection.

Typically with an eye-like spot painted on the amulet.

Another preventive measure is allowing admirers to touch the infant or child.

in a similar manner, a person wearing an item of clothing, that might induce envy.

May suggest to others that they touch it or some other way dispel envy.


Brazilians generally will associate mal-olhado, mau-olhado (“act of giving a bad look”).

Or olho gordo (“fat eye” i.e. “gluttonous eye”).

with envy or jealousy on domestic and garden plants.

Therefore, after months or years of health and beauty.

Will suddenly weaken, wither and die.

Hence, with no apparent signs of pest, after the visitation of a certain friend or relative.

Attractive hair and less often economic or romantic success and family harmony.


In North India, the evil eye is called “Drishti” (meaning gaze or vision).

Or more commonly as Buri Nazar.

A charm bracelet, tattoo or other object (Nazar battu).

Therefore a slogan (Chashme Baddoor (slogan)), may be used to ward-off the evil eye.

Some truck owners write the slogan to ward off the evil eye: “buri nazar wale tera muh kala” (“O evil-eyed one, may your face turn black”).

United States

In 1946, the American magicianHenri Gamache published a text called Terrors of the Evil Eye Exposed! (later reprinted as Protection against Evil), which offers directions to defend oneself against the evil eye.

Therefore, no matter what ones belief is, hence, there is a lot to be found about evil eye history. Fact is that jewelry has and will continue to be adorned with the evil eye. As it has for many years; either it is worn to repel or cast evil in conclusion is still a myth.

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