"the evil eye (kako mati)" Greece Local Custom Tip by marka13

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  evil eye protector
by marka13

The evil eye is a kind of curse put on a child, livestock, crops, etc., by someone who has the "evil eye." The superstitious belief in the evil eye is ancient and widespread, though certainly not universal. It is thought to have originated in Sumeria. The belief is especially prevalent today in the Mediterranean and Aegean, where apotropaic amulets and talismans are commonly sold as protection against the evil eye
Greeks are very superstitious and usually blame the evil eye for everything… :). They wear “blue eye” beads to be protected and you can find them everywhere to be sold.
They say “magic words” to free somebody from the evil eye and generally it is a deep and general belief especially among the elder.
Tip: If you have headache and you feel weak and need to sleep or you have difficulty in breathing, or generally something goes wrong with your health, tell it to a middle aged woman… and you will almost certainly take the same answer! The evil eye hit you!
Perhaps some of them are eager to free you from the curse of evil eye… (no money needed for it). They just say some words and they free you!!!!
But I can’t reveal all the secrets of the evil eye here! Come to discover them yourself asking people around for the “kako mati” = bad eye!

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  • Updated Mar 13, 2003
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