1. While societies were starting to develop industrially, the concept of wealth and ownership began to grow. a. Some individuals became wealthier than others depending on the amount of property they owned, creating wealth inequality among the societies. b. Some individuals became jealous of others who owned more than them, causing them to look enviously on other individuals who were better off, creating the “evil eye” concept. B. “The Strange Power of the Evil Eye” further explains that the evil eye is deeply embedded in various cultures. 1. The concept of the evil eye is mentioned in a variety of cultural contexts including Greek mythology, Irish and Polish folktales, and even in religious texts.
a. The Greek philosopher Plutach believed that the human eye had the ability to create rays of harmful energy. b. A Polish folktale tells the story of a man whose gaze continuously spread misfortune to his family and loved ones. III. Now that we have learned more about the cultural relevance of the evil eye, let’s finally discover more information about the cultures in which the evil eye is significant. A. The article “The Evil Eye: A Closer Look” explains that the evil eye is especially prominent in Mediterranean cultures such as Greek, Turkish, and Romanian cultures. 1. In these cultures, it is common for babies to be believed to be especially at risk for harm caused by the evil eye. a. In Turkish culture, it is an important tradition for the parents of newborn babies to be given evil eye tokens as gifts to place on the child’s crib or basinet. b. In Greek culture, complimenting a baby is often considered taboo in fear that it may attract bad luck caused by the evil eye.
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