EVIL EYE IN TURKEY (NAZAR BONCUGU)

by labdagatic on Oct 25, 2014

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     Turkish evil eye beads are worm to prevent bad luck such as calamity or death when someone with an evil eye glares. In Turkish culture, just like in culture of most Mediterranean countries, it was believed that some people such as blue-eyed people, old ladies, malformed people and strangers, had the power to case evil spell by a mere glance.

     Turks believe that envy of others can cause bad luck, intentionally or unintentionally. Evil eye beads, or Nazar Boncugu, can be found hung on taxis bumpers, they are pinned to the clothes of babies, they are built into foundations of new buildings, they are incorporated into codes of websites, and they are worn as necklaces, earrings, bracelets, and other accessories.

     The evil eye jewelry making industry in Turkey is flourishing because although not as many people believe in the evil eye as they did in the past, people still wear jewelry that has the evil eye for souvenir as in aesthetic reasons. Known as nazar (Turkish: nazar boncugu or nazarlik), this talisman is most frequently seen in Turkey, found in or on houses and vehicles or worn as beads.

     A blue or green eye can also be found on some forms of the hamsa hand, an apotropaic hand-shaped talisman against the evil eye found in the Middle East. Though condemned as superstition by doctrinaire Muslims, it is almost exclusively among Muslims in the Near East and Mediterranean that the belief in envious looks containing destructive power or the talismanic power of a nazar to defend against them. To adherents of other faiths in the region, the nazar is an attractive decoration.

     Beads from Turkey are high quality because in most parts of Turkey, the production of these eye beads is a tradition. The art is passed from generations to generations.

     Evil eye beads are made from glass in Turkey, but there are also acrylic and plastic beads for children. Turkish evil eye beads are made for both genders. Today, jewelry are made to be versatile to incorporate gold, diamond, and other precious stones and metals in the jewelry.