Hi Guys: Yesterday my Turkish grocer gave me an "evil eye" pin to ensure good luck for our film, Istanbul, Up Close and Personal. This got me thinking, we have lots nazar bonjuks in our house, one large one hangs on our bedroom door, and all the children and granchildren have them, one even is pinned to the shirt of our newest baby T. So I thought I'd write a post about this very prevelant charm that you see all over Turkey in many different forms. Pins, earrings, I have a pendant of an evil eye surrounded by diamonds, and a handbag with evil eyes from the bag shop in Sirince. I have a evil eye magnet on the kitchen refrigerator. Even Orhan at the Arifoglu perfume store gave me a tassel soaked in my favorite scent that had an evil eye attached to it. So what's behind the nazar bonjuk. Here's what I found out about it.
Countries all over the Middle East have amulets that ward off the evil eye. Some people believe that people can give you an envious gaze or that a lot of praise will attract evil spirits intent on giving you bad luck. The eye set in a blue background stares out into the world warding off evil spirits. It is seen in Turkish homes, in cars, we gave our melon seller a charm to hang in his new melon van. Some are embedded in the sidewalk in front of some homes and businesses in Turkey.
The color blue is said to signify water since water is a precious commodity. Nazar bonjuks can be set in other colors for fashion purposes but blue is the authentic color. Don't worry your colored nazars will protect you just the same.
These amulets go back many centuries. They are mentioned in Sumerian writings and found in ancient tombs in Sanli Urfa.
So what's the story. It is said that a long time ago there was a rock that no one, not even the strongest man in town could move or split. But the town did have a man who was said to have the nazar, or evil eye and he was brought to the rock. The man reportedly said, "Wow, what a big rock this is" and when he said it the rock split into many pieces and fell into the sea. There are probably more legends assocaited with the nazar bonjuk so post them if you have them.
One important thing to remember is that if the amulet is cracked its power is gone and you have to replace it. Since things haven't been going all that great around here lately I checked my nazar bonjuks and found that the one on the bedroom door had cracked and now I will have to get another. I have hung a small one on the door temporarily.
Is your LemonLady superstituous, not as a rule but it can't hurt. After all in today's world we need all the luck we can get. So when in Turkey get your nazar bonjuk and if you can't get there, get one from Tulumba, the online Turkish store which has many kinds. I love the one which is a little brass tree with hanging nazars. tulumba.com. Please add your own "evil eye" experiences. We'd love to hear them. I wish you a Happy Weekend, free from the evil eye, LemonLady
Here's more on the evil eye all over the world from Wikipedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil_eye