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.

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