The Long History Behind the Evil Eye

There is no single point that can be pinpointed as the sole source of origin of the legend of the Evil Eye and its curse. But it has surfaced in many ancient and classical texts that span out from ancient religious texts of Judaism, Islam, Christianity, and Hinduism. All in all, written records make a significant part of the reason why Evil Eye has such a grip on people around the world. Legend of the Evil Eye is also passed down orally as a part of culture and tradition throughout the many generations among families till today.

It is believed to even be the earliest expression of supernatural belief during the Paleolithic Age. Since then, things have pretty much remained the same. This means that the idea that evil thoughts either out of jealousy, embarrassment, or hurt, could bring about tangible results on a person, is still relevant today. These intentions can manifest in the form of disease, loss of property, injury, and even death. Anything can be an agent to bring about this – cars, stoves, traffic, glass or ceramics. Objects and belongings can become agents of evil once the Evil Eye curse has been put on you. It is not so different from the Final Destination movie franchise, but maybe not that dramatic and does not always result in excruciating death – you get the idea.

History shows that the earliest records of this curse go back to the early 8th to 6th century BC in the areas that surround the Mediterranean Sea. This, of course, includes the countries of Greece and Rome. These civilizations believed that not all praise is sincere, and some even come with hints of envy or jealousy. The seed of bitterness in others surfaces in the form of the curse of the Evil Eye that cuts the victim down from their place of high recognition. 

According to religious texts, the curse of the Evil Eye also comes as a consequence of falling into sin. So, the curse is interpreted as not only a consequence of another human being’s harmful intentions but also punishment from the gods and goddesses. This happens primarily in situations where a worshipper receives more praise or recognition than they deserve. They begin to take pride in themselves, giving little to no gratitude to the higher beings that aided them. Hence, the removal of the Evil Eye’s effects on a victim requires a physical and spiritual cleansing, in most cases, by way of a bath or by wearing evil eye protection jewelry. According to highly religious cultures, a spiritual cleansing also require admitting one’s sin of pride and a re-dedication of all their actions and success to their deity or god(s). 

The Evil Eye is also known in many languages across the world, excluding English. It is known as Mauvais Oeil in French, Bose Blick in German, Ayin Hasad in Arabic, ojo turco, mal de ojo, and Ayin Hara in Hebrew, to name a few. This goes to show that the curse of the Evil Eye is ancient and also spread either in connection with a travelling source or through original mythical roots.

The Idea behind the Turkish Evil Eye

The next time you mysteriously fall ill despite a healthy lifestyle, or find yourself falling asleep at your desk without any reason, you might want to check on whether the Evil Eye has cursed you. Many other signs and symptoms might lead to prove that you are under the influence of an Evil Eye. These include yawning without control, shivering, sudden bursts of powerful emotions, and even suicidal thoughts. A curse as well-known as the Evil Eye could be cast by a co-worker, neighbor, or even a friend. It may be out of jealousy, envy, or a strong ill-intent to see you fall from your good fortunes. It might not also have had anything to do with you but the fact that you passed by someone who believed you did not deserve what you have. This curse of the Evil Eye can be cast consciously and also unconsciously without warning.

History down the ages has seen the coming of many talismans, amulets, and charms to ward off this negative energy from other people. One such example is the Nazar Boncuğu or Evil Eye of Turkey. This talisman, placed in front of every house, store, or building for protection, is traditionally a circle or sphere made of ceramic or glass tinted a deep blue. These have the design of a human eye in the center which completes the look of this evil deterrent.

The Nazar Boncuğu is an example of the old Turkish cultural heritage that goes over 3000 years back in time. Only the best artisans were deemed skilled enough to bring out these talismans rendered in glass and other delicate material considered rare during their era. They are also a prized sign of good energy that is faithfully passed down as family heirlooms from generation to generation.

Even today, many homes in Turkey have a couple of rooms with these symbols hanging as wall décor or as a table piece, for good luck and peace of mind. These blue spheres for eyes are traditionally made in varying sizes as long as they resemble the basic look of the Nazar Boncuğu. It is either braided into materials like plastic, jute, and straw or linked to one another with tiny metal rings and short chains. It has gained so much popularity that many imitations of the Nazar Boncuğu have sprung up and are mass-produced all over the world.

Now, these Nazar Boncuğu of Turkey are now much less signs of the country’s cultural heritage and dedication to warding off evil energy; they have now become a trendy phenomenon. The designs of the Nazar Boncuğu are not only copied by production companies to sell fake Turkish Evil Eye charms and talismans. Its design has also been known to be put on jewelry as pretty, chic trinkets. The designs are also seen on models by clothing companies that are ‘inspired’ by it. Sold as cheap trinkets and baubles, if you want the authentic Nazar Boncuğu from Turkey, best you take a wonderful trip to the land yourself.