Origin & Why Nazar EvilEye

Origin & Why Nazar EvilEye

You may remember seeing the striking image of the cobalt-blue eye (oval or round) in the bazaars of Istanbul, Turkey, which is famous for its ‘Evil Eye’.

Evil Eye is a superstitious curse or legend, believed to be cast by a ‘malevolent glare’, usually given to a person when one is unaware. There’s a key distinction between the evil eye, which is a curse, and the eye motif or eye amulet, which dispels the curse.

To understand the origins of the evil eye, one must first understand the distinction between the amulet and the evil eye itself. Though often dubbed as ‘the evil eye’, the ocular amulet is the charm meant to ward off the true evil eye - a curse transmitted through a malicious glare, usually inspired by envy. The amulet – often referred to as a nazar – has existed in various permutations for thousands of years, the curse which it repels is far older and more difficult to trace as per the BBC article dated 2019*

In essence, the curse of the evil eye is not a complicated concept; it stems from the belief that someone who achieves great success or recognition also attracts the envy of those around them. That envy in turn manifests itself as a curse that will undo their good fortune. But how to protect oneself from this “malevolent glare”?

A simple “belief” is to wear an “Evil Eye”. When a person wears or carries an evil eye with them, it guards against misfortune happening in one's life. The evil eye brings good luck and protects you from any ill-will that could otherwise have a negative effect on your well-being or your life in general. While its all superstition and personal belief – with little control on happenings in the world, many people believe in the powers of Nazar or carrying/wearing Evil Eye.

At Amaltaas, we have created EvilEye Protection Bracelet, Anklet and Necklace with hand-painted enamel evil eye at the center. We also have Black Onyx beads in Anklet and Bracelets. Shop them now in our Everyday Amaltaas Collection. You will love wearing this handmade enamel EvilEye Protection Anklet from Amaltaas to work or play. 


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