The belief of the evil eye dates back almost 3000 years to ancient Rome. Its one of the most popular symbolic images known to humanity. The idea is that the evil eye protects from jealous and evil forces. A symbol broadly was worn by Mexicans to Jewish, Italians, Brazilians, Greeks, Pakistanies, Asians, and despite the vast differences of cultures, the evil eye connects everyone with the same purpose of protection from evil thoughts and evil wishes the chances are you have either seen or own an evil eye amulet.
Familiar to Mexican as the Mal De Ojo translated to Bad Eye or Evil Eye. Mexicans believe that a person can become a victim of the envious evil forces in his or her environment. Mexican folk concepts of disease are based in part on the notion people can be victimized by careless or malicious behavior. As early as infancy a baby is guarded against the evil eye by wearing amulets of an evil eye formerly known as the Ojo de Venado.
Assyrians firmly believe in the evil eye. They usually wear a blue turquoise bead on a necklace to be protected from the evil eye. Many generations of Assyrians have concluded that people with green or blue eyes are more prone to the evil eye effect. They have used a simple way of warding off evil by wearing an evil eye.
In Jewish culture the Evil Eye is mentioned several times in the ethical teachings named " Chapters Of Our Fathers" a compilation of guidance teachings passed down to the Rabbis. Rabbis say that the evil eye is worse than a bad friendship, bad neighbors, and an evil heart. For centuries Jews have carried on with many superstitious practices believed to ward off the evil, for example, spitting three times after a vulnerable person name is spoken or when making plans " Let it be without the evil eye." in yiddish. Jews ward off the evil eye with an Evil Eye Hamsas. Jews believe that the wearer of the evil eye hamsa can avoid being the subject of evil happenings by wearing a Hamsa amulet. The Hamsa is the palm-shaped symbol with an eye in the center. It signifies control and dominance over the evil glares.
In Italian cultures, the cornciello or better known as the "Little Horn" sometimes referenced as the corno or hornlet. Is proctection from the evil eye curse. Its design reflects a chili pepper to many who come across it. The design consist of a twisted horn-shaped charm often made of 14k Gold. Many Italians believe that wearing a genuine gold horn represents strength, fertility, and virility.
A related amulet is the mano cornuta translated to the horned hand. An Italian hand gesture that signifies that the wearer wards of all evil and forever protects the body the mind and wearers great success. A trendy piece amongst the Italians. This amulet is very regarded in Italy.
The existence of the evil eye has been dated as far back as 6th century BC Greek civilization. The evil eye was attributed to evil and envious practices. The Greeks believed that he or she who envy the wealth or happiness of others due to there shortcomings needed to be warded off. The Greeks displayed evil eyes on chalices to cast away mal intentions.