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WHAT IS THE TRUTH ABOUT EVIL EYE IN TURKEY
Here I will try to explain as simple as possible about the souvenir object evil eye and the meaning of the evil eye.I will explain to you how it became part of the Turkish lives and why it has nothing to do with Turkish culture at all.
I am sure you are familiar with the round-shaped blue and white coloured souvenir item called Evil Eye.
There are all kinds of stories told by the Turkish Salespeople (and in the middle east) to the tourist about the evil eye. The most common phrase used for a short explanation by the tourism employees is "protects you from anything bad happening". You would see this evil eye object everywhere, in cars, indoors, on babies, and so on.
It is a Peace symbol
Souvenier Object evil eye can be found from Italy to the Middle East and even further away in India. They all will have their own stories to tell, more or less the same versions of each other.
In my opinion, it is a peace symbol, probably one of the first peace symbols in humankind history. Peace made between the Romans and the followers of Jesus.
When Christianity started to spread faster than Rome could calculate, senators of Rome had to act quickly to avoid any crisis amongst their population, both financially as well as social uprising. The effect to the massive income and taxes trough trades in Temples dedicated to Gods and Goddesses of Romans on pilgrimage roads would be catastrophic.
Senators of Rome did come up with a genius idea which involves acknowledging both beliefs and faith, which this way everyone will be pleased.
To represent the new arrival religion, they draw the body of Fish, remember the first sign of Christians was Fish. Then placed an eye, the eye of goddess Medussa in the middle of the round shape which supposedly was the body of the Fish.
Both beliefs were now combined and fused. Passing a message across the empire that there are no issues between the two. All this was happening when the beginning of the collapse of the Roman Empire started. The mass production of the evil eye by the Romans did not serve its purpose as it disappeared from the surface to be found again much later.
Nowadays, Evil Eye souvenirs made from Glass or Plastics are one of the best-sellers as a gift item purchased by the tourist in Turkey and in most parts of the middle east countries.
It is just a souvenir item
Well, one needs to know that this can not be associated in any way of form or shape with Islam as Islam rejects such beliefs which an item can be a source of help.
Superstitions are not credited and have no place in Islam. Muslims do not believe that an Object can protect or change man's life. It is strictly forbidden in Islam to believe and expect something in no matter what shape and form to/from an object. Therefore a Muslim does not believe in evil eye object in that sense.
However, Muslims do believe in Nazaar, which can have several meanings; look or gaze by envy etc. Man can cause harm to people when he/she mainly looks at them with jealousy or evil intention.
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