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El Mal de Ojo

 


I always love hearing mi abuela talk about folklore that oftentimes seem weird or mystical to me. El mal de ojo; The Evil Eye, is one of those.

El mal de ojo is a hex that is well known throughout Latin America.  It is also common in the Mediterranean, East and West Africa, and in various religions. How you actually get the evil eye varies from country and culture, but there is one common denominator: envy. Someone seeing you walking down the street thinking that you look good or wear nice clothes might be the one behind the ojeado. People giving the evil eye aren’t always aware they are doing so, and you might not even know the person giving it to you.

 

In some cultures it is believed that only small infants can get ojeado, or that there are some persons who are more susceptible to it than others. Symptoms can include headache, depression and trouble sleeping. On my last trip to Argentina a tía told me she thought I had been ojeada because I couldn’t stop yawning even though I wasn’t tired. She “cured” me by saying a prayer.

There are more ways to cortar (destroy) el mal de ojo. In some countries/cultures it requires a curandera: a wise woman, or a sort of healer. She can pass an egg over the affected person’s body to absorb the hex, or pretend to sew shut an eye in the air above the victim’s head, thus “breaking the power” casted from the eye. If you want to be on the safe side,  you can try wearing a red ribbon around your arm or use amulets such as evil eye beads, also called “lucky eyes.”

Do you know of any other ways to get rid of el mal de ojo?

A to Z World Superstitions & Folklore by Sibylla Putzi

by Jennifer Turano

 

To learn more about Jennifer Turano, go to www.chennifer.blogspot.com

 

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Comments

  1. Cesar Vargas says:

    Hahaha as a baby, I wore one of those beads. La gente.LOL

  2. When I first visited Turkey with my husband(who is Turkish), I kept seeing the evil eyes all over the place. When I found out what they were, I was amazed with the power it had on the people. Throughout the Meditterrenaen, it is a very important part of daily life.
    Now..10 years later.. I am running an evil eye business @ http://www.jeyla.com where we make/sell evil eye jewelry and other amulets. I even started a blog at http://www.evileye.org which was the biggest eye opener.

    Through my research of the concept and some of the comments on the blog or emails I get on my site, the power the belief has on people is almost scary!!. I have heard several different rituals like simple ones with holy water to extreme-almost witchcraft- rituals that is very interesting to see.

  3. What a great post! I love hearing about all the ‘cures’.
    I’m a big fan of magical realism…books, movies, paintings. It reminds of that wonderful book ‘Like Water For Chocolate’.
    Thanks!

  4. k. Cedano says:

    “Como Agua Para Chocolate” is an EXCELLENT book ;)

  5. we always wore coral braclets to ward of ojo

  6. loved the book, maybe a re-read is in order

  7. Based on personal experience, a positive outlook towards others and yourself will always win the day… people in general give good vibes when you give it to them.

    However, it wouldn’t hurt to have a charm to ward off bad vibes and the Evil Eye. :)

    Evil Eye Jewelry by AlfredAndVincent.com

  8. Remarkable! Its really amazing paragraph, I have got much clear
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