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In Greece, the evil eye is trending
« on: September 23, 2017, 08:51:46 AM »
For years, tourists to Greece have snapped up the charms, these “all-seeing eyeballs,” which are supposed to help ward off the “evil eye.” The term refers to negative energy caused by another’s jealousy, which Greeks believe can cause minor troubles and even physical symptoms for the victim.

These days the symbol is popping up everywhere, from handmade soap to chic hotel lobbies....sweeping up tourists and native Greeks alike.
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"It’s become such a huge industry. I was in a Greek town and I wanted to get a gift. Part of their packaging is, when they wrap the gift, they also tie a mati,” said Filio Kontrafouri, a Greek-American journalist who counts the evil eye as part of her heritage. “I love it. I feel like it’s so Greek.”
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Though the Greek Orthodox Church considers the mati at odds with Christianity, many within the church accept the idea of an evil energy circulating among people, which may help explain the talisman’s enduring popularity in this highly religious country.

"The devil tries to hurt humans using their evil energy,” said the Rev. Demetrios Nikou, high priest of the Cathedral of Athens, a short walk from the Monastiraki market. But only the Christian cross can provide true protection, he said. “Religion-wise, the blue eye does not mean anything. This is a cultural symbol.”
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Re: In Greece, the evil eye is trending
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2017, 11:46:37 AM »
Didn't Lord of the Rings take care of this? :-X

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Re: In Greece, the evil eye is trending
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2017, 11:51:31 AM »
Didn't Lord of the Rings take care of this? :-X
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Re: In Greece, the evil eye is trending
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2017, 12:01:15 PM »
I got an icon in Istanbul with one of the blue eyes hanging from the bottom. Covers all the bases I guess.
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Re: In Greece, the evil eye is trending
« Reply #4 on: September 23, 2017, 05:07:13 PM »
“I love it. I feel like it’s so Greek.”

Or just tattoo a Greek flag on your head.
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Re: In Greece, the evil eye is trending
« Reply #5 on: September 23, 2017, 05:25:27 PM »
in this highly religious country.

I wish this were as true as it should be.

Didn't Lord of the Rings take care of this? :-X

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Re: In Greece, the evil eye is trending
« Reply #6 on: September 23, 2017, 05:27:54 PM »
^Don't you feel sorry for Frodo with all the trouble he went through? 8)