the “evil eye”
The evil eye is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, usually given to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury. Talismans created to protect against the evil eye are also frequently called “evil eyes”. Attempts to ward off the curse of the evil eye has resulted in a number of talismans in many cultures. As a class, they are called “apotropaic” (Greek for “prophylactic” / προφυλακτικός or “protective”, literally: “turns away”) talismans, meaning that they turn away or turn back harm.
The evil eye or ‘Mal de Ojo’ has been deeply embedded in Spanish popular culture throughout its history and Spain is the origin of this superstition in Latin America. The “eye” symbol can be portrayed in many ways and is frequently represented in jewelry. I bought this necklace handcrafted from clay last week in Guatemala and am wearing it today. I’ll take all the protection I can get!
Here’s another example from my collection: