Protection Amulet: Hamsa Hand Evil Eye
Carry the protective energies of the Hamsa Hand Evil Eye charm with you everywhere you go. This small lanyard style charm can be placed on a zipper, key chain, bag or purse, cell phone, hung in the car, etc.... Overall length 4"
About the Turkish Blue Eye (Nazar Boncugu) (info from the following link: ABOUT the Evil Eye
If you find yourself with a sudden run of bad luck, or the target of an envious person, invest in a blue Turkish evil eye. Also known as the Nazar Amulet, or Nazar Boncugu, some use this item as a talisman, while others use a good luck charm. Any visitor on a trip to Turkey will see it everywhere, from jewellery shops to offices to homes and even worn by some as jewellery.
It is the most popular souvenir sold in various forms. Instantly recognisable by its blue, white, and turquoise circles, locals in some places still use it culturally and give at weddings and births. In contrast, others brush it off as pure superstition and use it for symbolic décor or aesthetic purposes only. But what is the meaning and history behind it, and is it worth wearing one?
The meaning is clear in the name. Not that the actual item is evil, but folklore promotes it as something to ward off the gaze of misfortune, jealousy, envy, negative energy such as hate, and spite. Some believe they are talismans, which ward off a curse and bring blessings and positive energy at the same time. For example, a dear friend might give it to the bride in case she is the envy of other women who wish to get married. Likewise, when a child is born, it is of pure innocence, hence the lucky-charm is protection against negativity surrounding them.
History of the Evil Eye
Although it is widely popular in Turkey, it appears in many cultures, including Middle Eastern and Mediterranean countries, and Hebrew texts of Judaism. There are also Buddhist and Tibetan versions. Some research shows the eye-protection first appearing in classical Greece, but other publications suggest its origins lay in North African countries and Egypt. Some connections also compare it to Medusa. After Perseus cut her head off, anyone looking into her mystical eyes, which brimmed with evil energy, turned to stone; hence the eye symbolizes the act. The reason for the colour blue is unclear, but in ancient times, many Turkish urban legends suggested anyone who had blue eyes was full of evil spirits. Regardless, its cultural importance is still significant enough for UNESCO to list the beliefs, practises and craftsmanship on their intangible heritage list. In the Anatolian area of Cappadocia, many trees also have the blue sapphire charm hanging off the branches.
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