The Evil Eye Essay

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The evil eye dates back to over a thousand years ago. The earliest known indication of it dates back to the classical period, in Ancient Greece and Rome. Besides being mentioned in ancient Greek and Roman texts, it is almost mentioned in texts such as the Bible and the Quran (Radford). It holds the same meaning no matter where or how the story is told to define it. It is a mischievous look that many cultures believe it is able to cause harm and/or bad luck towards the person it casts upon for hatred or envy. The symbol and the superstition of the evil eye is one of the most well known symbolic images throughout the world.
The belief in the evil eye is believed in many cultures, but it continues to be a major influence
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They have been created to protect against an evil eye, harm and evil. The word was originally created from an Arabic word, “Tilasm.” The evil eye talismans are usually formed in blue and while circles in the shape of an eye, from oval to round. Many people will have these talismans displayed in their homes and vehicles, and even worn as a type of jewelry to prevent bad luck. Aside from just a standard eye shaped talisman, there are also the hamsas. The hamsa is a palm shaped talisman with an eye right in the center. It is also most popular throughout the Middle East and Northern Africa. Likewise, it is believed to protect from an evil eye. Today, especially in western cultures, these talismans are popular for display or even a fashion statement, rather than actually preventing bad luck. Evil eye talismans and hamsas are now created in forms jewelry, car accessories and much more. Though today it may be just a fashion statement or accessory, the evil eye is still believed in many cultures and is taken very seriously.
Literature Review The Evil Eye and Cultural Beliefs among the Bedouin Tribes of the Negev, Middle East (2005) is an article written by Aref Abu-Rabia. Throughout his article, Abu-Rabia discusses the different attitudes and practices that the Bedouins take in relation to the evil eye as a cause of catastrophe. The Bedouin culture is part of primarily a desert-dwelling

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