Evil eye

curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, causing many cultures to create measures against it

The evil eye is a look that is believed by many cultures to be able to cause harm, injury, misfortune or bad luck for the person it is directed at. This could be for reasons of envy, jealousy or dislike. In some forms, it is the belief that a person can bestow a curse on someone when giving an evil look out of envy or jealousy.

Depiction of Evil Eye in the center. Hatay Archaeology Museum

Further reading

  • "The medieval senses and the evil eye". MindHacks. 22 April 2009.