Anyone growing up in Greece would hear the sound of FTOO, FTOO, FTOO and spitting three times. This could be from their grandparents or parents and it symbolizes the Holy Trinity and wearing the famous ‘Evil Eye’ or ‘Mati’ for protection. The Evil Eye is used to stop any evil energy, presence, jealous or malicious wishes especially after being given a compliment. So if you see a Greek become suspicious after you have passed them a compliment and they make the FTOO sound three times you you will know why and they may suspect your intentions!
Belief in the evil eye—“mati”—dates back to Greek Classical antiquity, to at least the 6th century B.C. when it appeared on drinking vessels. Many philosophers, including Plato, would tell the history behind the evil eye and the source of the deadly glares that were supposed to spring up like poisoned darts from the inner recesses of the person who had the evil eyes. It is a curse or legend believed to be cast by this malevolent glare, usually sent to a person when they are unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune or injury or simply ‘bad luck’. The supernatural harm from the evil eye may come in the form of a minor misfortune, or more serious disease, injury — even death. The symptoms of illness caused by the evil eye include loss of appetite, excessive yawning, hiccups, vomiting and fever.
Eyes are said to have special powers; they are said to be the gateway to a person’s soul. Shifting eyes are said to subtly betray liars, while a steady gaze may be endearing or menacing depending on the circumstances. Eye contact can create an intensely personal connection, whether between lovers or superiors and subordinates. Glaring or intense staring can convey power and authority over another. Of course, actors use their eyes to convey a wide range of emotions, including love, hate, disgust, boredom, scorn, surprise and envy. In fact it is jealousy that underlies the evil eye’s cultural association with magic.
In order to protect from any jealousy or bad vibes from another person, you wear an “evil eye”. Amulets can be worn to deter the evil eye and designed in the shape of an eye, or other shape these days and traditionally in the color blue symbolizing heaven or godliness.
These talismans or evil eye “repellents” come in different shapes and forms as pendants, bracelets, earrings and rings. Or can be glass ornaments or wall hangings placed near the main door or entrance of someone’s home or office to keep the house protected. You will also see them on babies buggies and in their nursery. Quite often baptism gifts are eyes of some design in pink or blue.
The eye is used to protect any jealous or negative wishes that are sent towards you, when you are unaware. The evil eye symbol promises to keep you safe, which is the most important thing when it comes to fulfilling your dreams. There is nothing more beautiful or mystical than evil eye protection.
Wearing Evil Eye Jewelry
In terms of jewelry, the Evil Eye should be worn as a bracelet or a necklace. In fact, this mighty symbol is typically implemented as an evil eye charm, as its powers get fully dispersed when the symbol gets materialized. For most cultures in the world, the Evil Eye was always believed to have a realigning effect on negative notions. There are numerous designs of this ancient symbol and Hippie Fish has some great eye designs.
Hippie Fish decided to use the evil eye in their jewelry designs because anyone who is spiritual or superstitious in life would like a layer of spiritual protection. The Evil Eye was created to give a boost of blessings, protection and good luck. When you’re thriving, you need to make sure if anyone is envious that their glare is sent on its way and you and your family and friends are fully protected. The eye is truly a wonderful gift idea.
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