Throughout the whole human history, in every culture and religion, the eye figure has been considered as a powerful talisman to defy evil forces... We find this figure in Jewish, Christian and Muslim cultures as well as Buddhist and Hindu societies. This common tradition finds a new identity in the 3000 years old glass craftsmanship of Anatolia. A glass master combines the power the eye figure with the power of the fire and creates a new talisman: THE EVIL EYE BEAD
The Lucky Eye or Evil Eye bead is an
amulet that Turkish people believe it protects against the Evil Eye: a kind of
negative power or bad energy that even well-intentioned compliments include a
conscious or unconscious dose of envy and resentment. As in many cultures, Turks
believe the envy of others can cause harm and that with the evil eye amulet all
the bad energy will be directed to the amulet and it will brake. This is an
ancient superstition that you will meet in the countries around the
Mediterranean sea, Arabia, Turkey and all the way to India.
The Turkish name for this amulet is Nazar Boncuk.
The Evil Eye amulet is very typical in Turkey: can be seen hanging above doorways, or hanging from the rear-view
mirrors of cars, or hanging around someone's neck, and especially pinned to the
shirts of newborn babies. Women use it as a bracelet, earring or necklace.
In Kabbalah belief we can also find Evil Eye. According to an ancient tradition, a red string wound seven times around Rachel's Tomb is endowed with mystical powers. By tying the string around his or her wrist, the wearer is protected from the destructive power of the Evil Eye, thus preventing disease, poverty, accidents or other misfortune from befalling the wearer.
In Hebrew Evil Eye is called "ayin ha'ra". In mainland Italian it is "mal occhio" ( the bad eye ) and in Spanish "mal ojo" or "el ojo" ( the bad eye or just the eye ). In Sicily it is "jettatore" ( the protection from the eye ) and in Farsi it is "bla band" ( the eye of evil ). The Evil Eye
is also known as "ayin harsha" in Arabic, "droch shuil" in Scotland, "mauvais oeil" in France, "büsen Blick" in Germany and was known as "oculus malus" among the classical Romans.
Have you just had a new child? Bought a new car? Built a new office building? Worried that your "friends" and others are filled with envy about your good fortune? The protection of the Evil Eye is used for anything new or likely to attract praise. It somewhat resembles an eye and it is said the typical blue color is a factor in protecting the user.
So the idea is to protect yourself,
your house, your office or the beloved ones.
If you want to use it in your house
you should hang it in the entrance of the house, so any visitor will see it. If
you want to wear, the most common one is a small amulet that can be hanged on
your cloth, your bag, your wrist or your neck.
The documentary's site www.nazarboncugu.com has some good information as well.