The meaning of the evil eye:
Throughout history, different cultures have different ways of things. Be it beliefs, ideals, or technology, each culture has their approach, and it may vary. But there are some things that happen to be shared in more than just one religion or culture, and the Evil eye is one of them. The dreaded evil eye is thought to be a curse that is inflicted on a person. How is it, inflicted? Well, the answer may be complicated or simplistic, but here are the simpler ones. Don’t look at people with evil intent.
In many cultures, the presence of the evil eye curse is a very prominent one, especially in those of religious ones. The evil eye curse, however, is believed to have been around ever since the Palaeolithic age, so surely it holds a firm grasp on human minds.
Many cultures have different names for it, in Greek, it is known as “Matiasma,” and in Turkish culture, it is known as “Nazar.” Christian culture, Islamic and Buddhist cultures also have the figure of the evil eye. All of the different cultures have one common belief when it comes to the evil eye: it causes bad luck, bringing misfortunes in one’s life.
One does not need to have intentionally caused a curse on another, of course. Merely staring at someone with envy, jealousy, or hatred can cause the evil to take effect, even if it isn’t intentional.
The blue evil eye
There are many ways to rid oneself of the evil eye curse. They may include performing specific actions, speaking phrases, spitting out the curse or even using red chilies to burn the curse away. But then, that is not the only way to stay off the path of the evil eye curse.
Many cultures believe that the only way to deflect the evil eye curse is with another evil eye. This includes using amulets and jewelry that are designed like an eye. The blue evil eye is a prominent tool used in many different beliefs that can deflect the curse.
Blue is thought to be the color of protection, especially against the evil eye. The properties of the shade are believed to be good karma and positive energies. The combinations of colors include light blue, at times, yellow and black. The lighter black is taken as a symbol of truth, fullness, and honesty.
Protecting oneself with the Blue evil eye
The ultimate purpose of the blue evil eye is to provide protection. Someone casting a harmful glare does not need to be intentional. According to lore, there are three types of evil eyes. The unconscious, deliberate, and The Unseen eyes.
The first eye is not intentional, and merely looking at someone can trigger the curse. The second one is evil and deliberate, driven by hatred, envy, or jealousy. According to ancient Egyptian mythology, looking at anything they might consider excellent can cause the curse.
The use of the amulets, talismans, and beads are supposed to deflect the intentions back to the one casting the curse. The blue color is believed to be a critical factor in protecting the wearer. There are various shapes and forms however the most popular is evil eye protection jewelry.
Hanging them on doors can thwart off any evil stares towards the people living inside. It is common to see the blue evil eye ornaments hung upon doors within which pregnant women or newborn babies live. New mothers also used to store these items under the pillows or head of the children.
Types of Blue Evil Eye
The typical evil eye bracelet made of glass beads is a common form of the blue evil eye. The glass beads are improved glass products from Asia Minor and Aegean islands. The Egyptian glazed mud was the first pigment used in beads to get the blue color.
There are also different pieces of jewellery in various cultures meant to thwart off the evil eye curse. The hamsa is a hand-shaped amulet with the eye in the middle of an open right hand. The fingers hold different meanings in different cultures, but the purpose is the same.
Another is the Nazar boncuk charm or the Turkish eye bead. It is often seen on a blue background, staring back to ward off evil eyes. In Turkey, water is scarce and precious. The Blue is also a reminder of the life-giving presence of the water that is very precious.
In any case, these charms are used on anything one would naturally wish to protect. Properties, children and vehicles, for example, are most commonly adorned with blue evil eye ornaments.
The origins of The Blue evil eye
The exact origins of the evil eye and the amulets of protection is not a specific topic. It can, however, be traced back over three thousand years ago, and it is even believed that it existed ever since the Palaeolithic ages. Idols bearing the carvings of eyes were extracted in cities in Mesopotamia which dated back all the way to 3300 BC.
The blue evil eye only started to appear in Egyptian cultures in and around 1500 BC. This began with the production and improvement of glass. The high levels of oxides present in Egyptian mud also contributed to the bright bluish hue which appeared when baked.
In Turkey, the blue color associated with their sky God. This began the use of the Turkish beads, which is believed to be the primary influence of the evil eye designs as observed today.
The earliest tales and legends of the curse of the evil eye, however, can be found in ancient Greece texts. This was also present in the Bible as well as the Quran. It is believed that in ancient Greece, undeserving admiration and praise on a person can cause the curse to become active.
The legend goes that if a person is upraised beyond what they deserve, the evil eye will make them unfortunate. They might face sickness, pride, or loss, thus causing their downfall. It was an act of gods and goddesses using the curse to bring about the doom of proud souls. Later, it was also believed that even an envious deserving glare could inflict the evil.