Turkish amulet that protects one from the evil eye
This amulet against evil eye
is very typical in Turkey. You can find it all over Turkey:
women use it as a bracelet, earring or necklace; Turkish
people use it hanged in their house, office and also at
their car, also babies have it hanged in their cloths.
It should be mainly blue and look like an eye. There are
very different sizes but the shape is usually round. The
Turkish name for this amulet that protects one from the
evil eye is nazar boncuk.
But what is behind this turkish superstition?
Once upon a time ... there was a rock by the sea that even
with the force of a hundred men and a lot of dynamite couldn't
be moved or cracked. There was also a man in this town by
the sea, who was known to carry the evil eye (Nazar). After
much effort and endeavor, the town people brought the man
to the rock, and the man, upon looking at the rock said, "My
God ! What a big rock !" The instant he said it, there
was a rip, roar and crack, and instantly the immense and impossible
rock was found to be cracked in two.
Original Turkish Evil Eye
|The force of the evil eye (nazar) is a widely
accepted and feared element in Turkish daily life.
As an example of this fear let me tell you another story...
A woman gives birth to a healthy child with pink cheeks,
all the neighbors come and see the baby. They shower the
baby with compliments, commentating especially on how
healthy and chubby the baby is. After getting so much
attention weeks later the baby gets ill. No explanation
can be found for his illness. It is described as "Nazar".
Compliments made to a specific body part can result in
"Nazar". That's why nearly every Turkish mother
fixes with a safety pin this small amulet on the child's
clothes. Once this amulet is found cracked, it means it
has protected the baby and immediately a new one has to
So the idea is to protect yourself, your house,
your office or the beloved ones.The Nazar amulet can be seen
dangling from the bumpers of taxi cabs, pinned to the clothes
of babies, built into the foundation of modern office buildings,
guarding the doorways of kebap houses and in websites. 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, or your bag. Also you will find bracelet,
earring or necklaces in different forms and shapes to be used.
Turkish people believe that with the evil
eye amulet you will be protected and all the bad energy
will be directed to the amulet and it will brake. No bad
energy will reach you since you are protected with the
amulet of nazar boncuk. 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 Nazar
is used for anything new or likely to attract praise.
The belief is that even well-intentioned compliments include
a conscious or unconscious dose of envy and resentment.
The bead reflects the evil intent back to the onlooker.
It somewhat resembles an eye and it is said the typical
blue color is a factor in protecting the userç
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