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Friday, 31 March 2017

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The curse of the evil eye

The evil eye can be planted on you by someone who makes you a compliment and forgets to spit  ftoo ftoo ftoo, three times.  If you praise someone too much they become puffed up with pride and may become ill. The spitting  brings them back to earth.




Have you suffered from the evil eye?  I have. Sometimes it is a feeling of illness, other times it maybe some sort of accident. 
 Once, all dressed up for a wedding, I was told I looked just radiant.  I stepped out onto the road and fell flat on my face.  All was well except for my nose.  No-one noticed how 'radiant' I was looking because all they saw was a big red scab on the end of my nose.  

You can give yourself the evil eye too so forget the preening and be humble or just spit on your clothes and shake yourself about.  Ftoo ftoo ftoo get thee behind me Satan.

The evil eye can also be sent by thoughts of envy or just plain nastiness or even unconsciously by someone with blue or green eyes.  If looks could kill.  The laser-like rays of some glances can cause disaster.

Soon after we bought our house we came one evening to clean up after the builders and as usual it turned into a semi-party with the arrival of children and grandchildren.  As we left we had to pull over  to allow our next door neighbour to pass in her car.   We still hadn't formally met her though of course she knew who we were and we knew her.

As our cars passed, in convoy, on the narrow lane she gave  us a penetrating stare.  Lo, but the first car knocked off its wing mirror turning the first corner onto the main road.  Our car developed an oil leak and we only just managed to make it home.  As we walked into our old house the hot water pipe burst flooding the kitchen.

She is such a nice lady but we are always careful now and furtively spit three times when in her presence and 'turn us all about'.





The blue eye is a lucky charm to ward off the evil  and send the malicious glare back from whence it came.   A clove of garlic also defends against the evil eye as does a piece of fishnet or wearing your underwear inside out. 

You'll find blue eyes hanging on babie's pushchairs or  around the neck of the family donkey. We have a head of garlic hanging in a piece of fishing net over our front gate.





We have blue stones on the car's key ring and a blue talisman hanging above the dashboard




If you have been 'cursed' you'll probably get a headache soon afterwards and maybe feel nauseous, dizzy or just plain 'lifeless'.  The 'eye' can be exorcised in several ways.

You can do it yourself by crossing your arms, hands under the armpits, and saying the Lord's prayer three times, and then spitting.

A special charm can be chanted, a charm which can only be handed down from male to female.  Or a drop of water in a glass of oil will confirm whether you have the 'mati' (eye) and a prayer and the sign of the cross will remove it.

It doesn't matter how far you are away from your grandmother, aunt, or my sister-in-law for instance, as the curse can be reversed long distance.  You should start yawning as the curse is expelled from your body.  The exorcist will start yawning too and if really bad will end up with tears in their eyes and an aching jaw.

So have a good day and I spit on you all.








15 comments:

  1. You've just reminded me that it's APRIL the FIRST. Thank you.

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    1. I was just reminded of that on my own blog!

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    2. Well? Any April Fools out there???

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  2. I either ring my mum or my Aunty and they will fix it for me.
    Apparently the last time I rang my aunt I was so bad she said she felt sick for three days afterwards.
    Now that is a bad mati for you
    Yup scortha sta matia sou said under your breath is also a good way to ward yourself. Or as my granny always said. Wear your underwear inside out

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    1. Yeh, it's the sort of thing that you scoff at ..... until it happens to you. Worse for you downunder. You live in the land of the blue eyed devils!!!

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  3. Friends of ours went to Greece several years ago and brought us back a souvenir blue eye. Is it still effective if tossed into a junk drawer in the kitchen? -Jenn

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    1. oooo, you'd better get it out and dust it off! Don't know how you survived!!! lol

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  4. So that's what causes my nauseous headaches! I'll be sure to cross my arms and say the Lord's prayer three times next time - reckon I'd best do it outdoors if I have to spit as well...

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    1. Give it a try , you never know. My dearly beloved uses it as a cure for everything, including a hangover!!

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  5. Great post...my Quebecois MIL has some beauties too....it's bad luck to go out-side through door and in through another did you know? ;)

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    1. Aha, that sounds familiar. You have to go out the door you entered by!!
      So its not just the greeks.

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  6. And if the glass of the eye is cracked in anyway its done its job? I am sure that is what Nico's mother told me. Then you have to replace it.

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    1. Now I haven't heard that but it would be logical. I shall investigate!!! Thanks Sol

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    2. in her broken English she said if the glass is cracked the evil is inside it and saved the people inside the house. you have to bury it in the ground so it cant get out?

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    3. I haven't had a broken eye yet but I will bury it when it happens. Our garlic dries to dust after a while. I'll bury that as well.

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