The Meaning of the Evil Eye
Growing up Greek means having your family over for every occasion, eating lots of lamb and never leaving the house without an evil eye charm. Since the time of the ancient Greeks, the evil eye curse (commonly known as the "mati") was believed to be cast by the glare of envious onlookers and was to blame for many of life's mishaps. The ancient Greeks found they could thwart the curse - and even reflect it back - by wearing a charm of the eye as protection. Quickly, these apotropaic eyes began appearing on jewelry and clothing to divert evil and misfortune with the belief - and of course the protective eye - persisting to the present day. In fact, it didn't matter how sick I was growing up, we always knew the culprit. The symbol of the eye continues to be seen across many cultures all with the same goal - ward of negativity and generate prosperity.