Turkish Evil Eye Beads

Turkish Eye Ornament with Cappadocia's eroded rocks in the background
Turkish Eye Ornament with Cappadocia’s eroded rocks in the background

What do you think of when you think of Turkey? Istanbul? Turkish Rugs? Whirling Dervishes? Evil Eye beads?

They are quite iconic aren’t they? I learnt recently that Turkish Eye beads have their origins in the myth of Medusa. Anybody who looked at Medusa directly in her eyes was turned to stone. So it is believed that her eyes can keep out all the evil out. Apparently the Greeks also claim the evil eye tradition to themselves but originally the blue and white beads originated in Egypt! Go figure!

Is there a tradition of keeping evil eyes out? What do you do?


10 Comments Add yours

  1. Lav says:

    Love them beads!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Me too!

  2. Lee says:

    I don’t see them as evil, but very pretty. They remind of some of the eyerings I have seen on birds. They aren’t evil. πŸ™‚

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      Oh I didn’t mean the beads were evil- just that are believed to deflect any evil coming at you. So they’re super good πŸ™‚

      1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

        Wow! I’m speechless- were the ancients inspired by these birds? We will never know!

  3. Nirmala says:

    Belief helps us deal with other peoples envy and our fear that it will harm us!!

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      I guess that’s true!

  4. V del Casal says:

    I have one! The colors drew me.

    1. Sukanya Ramanujan says:

      That’s great- they are mesmerising!

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