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« on: June 04, 2008, 11:09:46 PM »

If I understand correctly, it is the custom to protect an infant from the human gaze until his/her baptism. What are the origins of this custom?
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« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2008, 11:16:46 PM »

^The "evil eye" of Greek (and other cultures) Superstition.  There are amulets with an image of an eye designed to protect anyone from a suspicious stare.

The custom likely comes from the high infant mortality of the past and a stare was considered to be a jinx which could result in an early demise.
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« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2008, 11:22:36 PM »

If I understand correctly, it is the custom to protect an infant from the human gaze until his/her baptism. What are the origins of this custom?
The custom where?  I've not heard of this custom.  I'm sure it's practiced somewhere, just not where I would have been exposed to it.
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« Reply #3 on: June 04, 2008, 11:24:09 PM »

 Truly, I wondered if this wasn't what was behind it all. It seems to me this is not about putting our trust in God's protecting care.

Due to medical advances the situation is quite different in our time, so is it really necessary to continue  on in this superstition?  I was completely dumb-founded to learn people still had such notions, and felt very awkward about it all. Why hasn't this custom been maintained in the western world?

Are we obliged as western converts to maintain this custom? Forgive the many questions.
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« Reply #4 on: June 04, 2008, 11:28:35 PM »

The custom where?  I've not heard of this custom.  I'm sure it's practiced somewhere, just not where I would have been exposed to it.

I'm sorry, Peter, our posts over-lapped. I attend a Russian parish and this seems to be the custom amongst all the young Russian couples I know. Very perplexing for me at first.
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« Reply #5 on: June 04, 2008, 11:28:41 PM »

Truly, I wondered if this wasn't what was behind it all. It seems to me this is not about putting our trust in God's protecting care.

Due to medical advances the situation is quite different in our time, so is it really necessary to continue  on in this superstition?  I was completely dumb-founded to learn people still had such notions, and felt very awkward about it all. Why hasn't this custom been maintained in the western world?

Are we obliged as western converts to maintain this custom? Forgive the many questions.

It's a silly superstition held on that tries to somehow circumvent God's sovereignty by stating that the devil can somehow kill babies. I absolutely hate the idea of the "evil eye" and those silly blue eye amulets that people carry around like a talisman. It's an insult to God and is nothing more than a belief in magic.
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« Reply #6 on: June 04, 2008, 11:29:09 PM »

Truly, I wondered if this wasn't what was behind it all. It seems to me this is not about putting our trust in God's protecting care.

The amulet of the eye is supposed to represent the watchful gaze of God.  More Information
 
Due to medical advances the situation is quite different in our time, so is it really necessary to continue  on in this superstition?  I was completely dumb-founded to learn people still had such notions, and felt very awkward about it all. Why hasn't this custom been maintained in the western world?

When immigrants from Greece, Middle East, et al. came to Ellis Island, superstitions came with them.  When men went back to Greece (or elsewhere) to marry, those superstitions came along with the new brides.

Are we obliged as western converts to maintain this custom? Forgive the many questions.

Asking questions is cool.  As to the first past of the question, Absolutely NOT!!!  Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: June 04, 2008, 11:35:12 PM »

Greeks and Lebanese, Orthodox and Eastern Rite RC's, in my experience, hold to this tradition (real small "t").  Italian RC's, too.
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« Reply #8 on: June 04, 2008, 11:36:21 PM »

Hmmm....well, MY ancestors certainly didn't bring any such customs over with them...at least not that I know of. It's something very foreign to me. I still think we as Christians should place our trust in God and not need an amulet or any other such object to protect us. But then that's my western heritage speaking, I suppose.
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« Reply #9 on: June 04, 2008, 11:52:20 PM »

It's a big Middle Eastern thing, even for Muslims. My dad got me a "Keeper of the Evil Eye" from a Jordanian officer. It's basically a tiny prayer-rug with an evil eye that hung underneath. You put it over your bed like a dreamcatcher, and it keeps evil spirits (or nightmares) away. I used to have it up, but when I returned to Christianity I gave it to a neighbor who collected such things. I now have a crucifix over my bed that lights up.  Grin
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« Reply #10 on: June 05, 2008, 08:00:43 AM »

http://www.orthodoxchristianity.net/forum/index.php/topic,11784.0.html

Here is a thread you should look at too.

It is a VERY common superstition in the Mediterranean region and Eastern Europe.  I'd like to say I don't subscribe to superstitions, but I do have a small cross made of iron in my pocket always.   Tongue
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« Reply #11 on: June 05, 2008, 04:27:35 PM »

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 I do have a small cross made of iron in my pocket always. 

Good!

The power of which (if you beleive) is from God who is above which protects you daily.

In The Ethiopian Church 'Anaphora of the Apostles' which we use every Sunday in addition to different Anaphoras depending on the occassion we pray the following:

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You have a good practice.

The "evil eye" point is rediculously pagan and blasphemes the true faith in God in the name of Jesus Christ.

People who carry-on with this behavior (as well as those who allow such) need our prayers; since this is not 'holy tradition' but counter-culture. Christ commanded us to be "Holy" in all our ways. The "evil eye" and all its manners is wickedness. Such is a curse and NOT a blessing.

Let us pray over this matter that the Lord has mercy on His people who still need and worship idles inspite of His eternal grace.

Lord have mercy on us all.
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« Reply #12 on: June 05, 2008, 05:45:42 PM »

Good!

Thanks.  It was actually a gift from my Nonna while I was "between Churches".  Something to protect me from any evil I may face.
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« Reply #13 on: June 06, 2008, 01:14:00 PM »

evil I may face.

If I may humbly add: 'And for protection from and forgiveness of sins I commit against myself and others wittingly and un-wittingly'.

May the Lord keep you and stregnthen you..Amen

Pray daily!
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« Reply #14 on: June 06, 2008, 02:32:41 PM »

So what is the correct response if you meet up with someone accidentally and they jerk their baby away from you so you can't see the baby's face?  Huh
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« Reply #15 on: June 06, 2008, 02:36:04 PM »

"I'm not that ugly!"

I'd just make a joke about it. Smiley
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« Reply #16 on: June 06, 2008, 03:11:56 PM »

So what is the correct response if you meet up with someone accidentally and they jerk their baby away from you so you can't see the baby's face?  Huh

Cross yourself.
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