Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Mal Occhio

The Evil Eye. Envy. For those who are unfamiliar with the evil eye, or mal occhio, it's basically when someone knowingly or unknowningly curses you through jealousy. When they look on you, or something that you have, with envy, they place a curse on you. Different cultures have different methods and traditions of protection against the evil eye. Many Italians wear an amulet in the shape of a ram's horn called a cornicello. More common in Muslim and Jewish cultures is a symbol called a Hamsa or Khamsa, which is in the shape of a hand with an eye in the center. This symbol predates most religions and is believe to mean that five fingers in the evil eye will blind it. Kabbalists wear a red string around their left wrist to ward off the evil eye. My latest craft project was a cornicello pendant and necklace. I don't know if it can really be called a project, since it took about five minutes, but I'm posting a picture of it.

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