What’s the history behind our evil eye necklace?
In folklore, the “evil eye” is a jinx or a hex that is purported to be cast by a malicious evil-minded person. There is no question that such folklore exists, but there is a valid debate regarding whether or not such a curse is actually possible.
Many people would argue that it is, based on the premise that if someone agrees he has been cursed, it is true simply because that person believes it.
It would not be difficult to find historical evidence of such a proposition, simply because if anyone searched long enough, a “system of beliefs”, (as the psychologists call it), could be found that supported just about anything.
Assuming its validity, how might a person combat a curse? With a spell! How might a spell be manifested or maintained in the physical universe? With an object imbued with spiritual or supernatural energy!
It is vital to understand that the popular wording connected to evil eye jewelry and objects doesn’t mean that the object itself is evil. The distinction is not dissimilar to the faulty use of the word “Frankenstein” to describe the fictional creature created by Dr. Frankenstein in Mary Shelly’s famous novel.
Evil eye objects and jewelry are intended to neutralize the curse of the evil eye. As such, they are “lucky charms”.
If worn on the body, usually around the neck or the forearm, such an object is called an amulet. Webster defines “amulet” as a charm or ornament, often inscribed with a magic incantation or symbol, to aid the wearer or protect against disease or witchcraft.
In Persian and Afghan folklore, a specific kind of amulet called a “nazar” is described. The word “nazar” comes from Arabic, and describes an eye-shaped object that is professed to protect against a malicious and sinister stare from another.
Dating from the Ottoman Empire, the nazar is a common sight in Turkey, Bosnia, Greece, Armenia, and the surrounding areas, where you will find it not only in jewelry, but in offices, homes, and automobiles.
Is there another way of viewing the existence of physical objects imbued with supernatural powers? Yes, one can always reject the entire panorama of what is commonly referred to as “the occult”.
Of course, such rejection could easily include every religion in the world. Since most sensible people adhere to the policy of tolerance regarding religious beliefs, based on the awareness that such beliefs are both personal and sacrosanct, (not to mention protected by law), they don’t claim to support any doctrine that would wish ill on any other human being.
Whether or not one accepts the supernatural elements of a good-luck charm such as the nazar, there’s no denying that the “evil eye” talisman or amulet is as popular today as it was a thousand years ago.