What Is The Evil Eye? What does the evil eye mean?
The evil eye is a curse or legend believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury, while others believe it to be a kind of supernatural force that casts or reflects a malevolent gaze back-upon those who wish harm upon others (especially innocents).
The evil eye's meaning stems from the concept that people who do well and achieve great success in some way attract envy from the people around them. The look or glare given by the envious people manifests into a curse that brings misfortune to the receiver, who is usually unaware of the malicious gaze upon them. Most cultures believe that jealousy is the main source of the evil eye. Talismans or amulets created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called "evil eyes". Jewelry, talismans, and amulets with the eye symbol were created to give the wearer protection against the evil eye.
What are the origins of the evil eye?
To understand the origins of the evil eye, one must first understand the distinction between the amulet and the evil eye itself. Though often dubbed as ‘the evil eye’, the ocular amulet is actually the charm meant to ward off the true evil eye: a curse transmitted through a malicious glare, usually one inspired by envy. Though the amulet-often referred to as a Nazar-has existed in various permutations for thousands of years, the curse which it repels is far older and more difficult to trace.
So, what is the history of the evil eye in our history? It can actually be traced back a long time ago. This idea can be traced back to 3000 BC, throughout the ancient culture. The evil eye - first recorded by the Mesopotamian about 5,000 years ago in cuneiform on clay tablets, the evil eye may actually have originated as early as the Upper Paleolithic age. If someone is jealous of another person because of their social status or possessions, then they may cast evil eyes on them out of pure jealousy, making the receiver feel miserable.
The history of using the evil eye amulet can be traced back to one of the oldest Mesopotamian cities: Tell Brak. Alabaster idols with carved eyes were unearthed in the area and are considered to be the earliest amulet of evil eyes.
The meaning of the evil eye in different cultures
While the evil eye's meaning may vary slightly from culture to culture, the general idea of the curse is the same.
In Islam, it is thought that too much praise will bring harm because of the evil eye. If praises are made, they will say "Masha'Allah", meaning God has willed the good fortune, to avoid the negative effects of the evil eye.
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.
Judaism believes that a "good eye" designates an attitude of goodwill 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.
In Turkey, it is still a traditional custom to bring an evil eye talisman to babies as it is believed that young children are the most vulnerable and the most susceptible to the evil eye.
How do you protect yourself from the evil eye?
It is commonly believed that the evil eye can be given in the guise of a compliment, signifying its connection to the destructive power of jealousy. Amulets such as the Nazar are used in accordance with common sayings such as "an eye for an eye", where another eye can be used to protect the recipient of the malefic gaze.
The Nazar Boncuk charm (or Turkish Eye Bead) is an "eye", often set on a blue background. It stares back at the world to ward off the evil eye and keep you safe from harm. Since then the people have been attaching this Turkish evil eye bead to everything they wished to protect from the evil eyes.
When a person wears or carries an evil eye with them, it guards against misfortune happening in one's life. You can wear evil eye jewelry in your daily life, like evil eye necklaces, evil eye bracelets, evil eye rings. Evil eye bracelet meaning is protection. The evil eye brings good luck and protects you from any ill.
In addition to evil eye bracelets, you can also choose our eye-ring, light blue is the color of the sky, representing truth, so it can directly resist the evil eye. Let our light blue eye-ring bring you good luck.