What does the evil eye symbol mean? 🧿

The belief of the evil eye dates back almost 3000 years to ancient Rome. It is 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, Pakistanis, 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. The evil eye holds a magical significance that is known as a visual device where the wearer silently recites a secret prayer that repels bad vibes. 

Familiar to Hispanics as Mal De Ojo, translated to Bad Eye or Evil Eye. Hispanics believe that a person can become a victim of the envious evil forces in his or her environment. Mexican folk concepts of the 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 eye formerly known as the Ojo de Venado.

Assyrians firmly believe in the power of 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, sometimes daily.

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 evil. For example, spitting three times after a vulnerable person's 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 Hamsa. 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.

The existence of the evil eye has been dated as far back as the 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 their shortcomings needed to be warded off. The Greeks displayed evil eyes on chalices to cast away mal intentions.  So the next time you feel like the haters are prevalent, put on your evil eye amulet just in case.

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