Evil Eyes have been around for centuries, if not millenia. They have been traced back to the Paleolithic Era, and mentions of the evil eye are found in many different cultures, such as Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, and Hindu cultures.
All these cultures have a similar story surrounding the origin of the evil eye. It is believed that the evil eye, also known as mal de ojo, nazar, mauvais oeil, and matiasma, is a curse caused by a malicious glare that is usually aimed at an unwitting person.
The talisman of the evil eye is said to protect people from such curses and hence they are also known as ‘evil eyes’.
In this article, we’re going to be looking at the origins of the Evil Eye, along with other symbols of protection such as the Eye of Horus, and the Hamsa, along with the types of keychains one can find depicting these symbols and where they can be purchased.
MEANING AND ORIGIN OF THE EVIL EYE
But what can cause a person to be cursed by the evil eye? Again, most cultures have a variation of the same belief.
Earliest known evidence dates back to Ancient Greece and Rome where it was believed that the evil eye was a curse of pain, misfortune, and illness, that was caused to a person who is overly praised or lauded in public. This is the reason why you will see many celebrities wearing evil eye bracelets and necklaces.
It is believed that anyone who suffers from an inexplicable disease or a misfortune that has no apparent cause, can be attributed to the evil eye. It is said that this happens because the Gods want to punish such proud people and bring them back to the level of mortals.
There are also said to be three different types of evil eyes. The first is the unconscious evil eye which harms things and people without intention.
The second kind is intentional and is usually attributed to a person who wants to hurt another through such a curse. The third is the unseen evil eye, the hidden eye which is the most dangerous evil eye. It is believed that it is the Eye of Horus which saw all the evil in the world, and this evil eye contains that power.
When Horus opened his eyes the world was enlightened, but when he closed it, it became dark. The dark blue of the talisman is the colour of protection. It represents good karma, and positive energy, while the light blue is the colour of the sky, which represents truth and direction, and protection against evil spirits from beneath the ground.
The talisman of the evil eye is said to ward off such negative energy and protect a person from the envious glares of others.
TYPES AND BENEFITS OF EVIL EYE KEYCHAIN
There are various types of evil eye keychain and there are many benefits to keeping one at your person at all times. Some of these types are:
Traditional Evil Eye Keychain
This is the classic evil eye attached to a keychain. It reflects the onlookers evil intent back to them and keeps the wearer safe from harm. The glass beads come from the Aegean Islands, and Asia Minor as they were big glass producers during ancient times.
The color blue comes from Egyptian glazed mud, which has a high percentage of copper oxide and cobalt which gives off the vibrant blue colour when baked. Such bracelets are widely available online at Amazon or Etsy, and are priced quite appropriately given the size.
Evil Eye Owl Keychain – This is the same evil eye as described above embedded in an owl’s stomach or in its eyes.
The body of the owl is usually made of steel or silver. The owl is a symbol of the night, and it is a creature of ancient wisdom and prophecy. This, paired with the symbolism of the evil eye itself is good enough reason to keep one with yourself.
Eye Of Horus Keychain – A symbol similar to that of the evil eye, the Eye of Horus, also known as wadjet, wedjat, or udjat, is an ancient Egyptian symbol meant to denote the right eye of Horus, who is usually depicted in Egyptian texts as a falcon and who is said to be the God of the Sky.
His eye is also associated with that of the Egyptian sun God, Ra. It is a symbol of protection, power, and good health and amulets with this symbol on it have been around for centuries.
In fact, it is thought to bring such good luck that sailors in ancient times would paint this symbol on their ships in order to ensure safe travel through the high seas. Amulets, bracelets, and keychains representing the Eye of Horus are available on Amazon and Etsy, and also several other independent stores.
Hamsa Keychain – The symbol of the Hamsa is popular in Islamic culture, especially in the Middle East and throughout the Maghreb region. The Hamsa depicts an open right hand with an eye in the centre of the palm, and the symbol is used for protection against evil spirits and evil intent.
It has been popular amongst Muslims and Jews for centuries and portraits, amulets, and tapestry depicting this symbol are very popular. This symbol has been traced back to the Mesopotamian Era as well as Ancient Carthage. Symbols similar to the Hamsa include the Hand of Venus, or the Hand of Aphrodite that was used to ward evil spirits as well as boost fertility and lactation in women, promote healthy and safe pregnancies, and strengthen the weak of the tribe.
Hamsa is also called the Hand of Fatima, so named after the daughter of the Prophet Muhammad. Other names for the symbol include Hand of Mary, Hand of Miriam, and Hand of the Goddess.