Evil Eye Tree by Anita Donohoe

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In Cappadocia, a local vendor covered this old branch with evil eye beads. His shop sits on a hill above the village of Uçhisar castle, carved into the volcanic tuff of the region.

The glass evil eye beads I remember from my time in Turkey had yellow in them, unlike most of the ones we saw during this 2006 journey. Evil eye beads became talismans to conquer what ancient civilizations feared, such as nighttime dark, storms, earthquakes and eclipses.

The blue symbolizes the sky, the white is the aura of the moon, the yellow is the sun disc, and the black spot in the middle is that little bit of evil eating away at the light. They must be glass; they must be made in Turkey.

In Turkey, the talisman has evolved into a Ward against the effects of the Evil Eye, such as envy or jealousy, and bounce back any ill will or a curse. You will see an ubiquitous evil eye bead pinned to the clothing of an infant, hanging from the rear view mirror of a vehicle, decorating the harness of a horse, painted on the back of a big truck/lorry, placed over a doorway, anywhere it might serve as a ward. It is better if it is visible. If it breaks, throw it away; it has done its job!

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  • carpenter777
    carpenter777over 7 years ago

    I love this shot. The color in the foreground is an awesome contrast to the background. This is a wonderful way to see this town

  • Anita Donohoe
    Anita Donohoeover 7 years ago

    Thank you, carpenter777.
    Turkey is full of visual treats and Cappadocia is fascinating.

  • funkyfacestudio
    funkyfacestudioabout 7 years ago

    wow this is really interesting, the blue beads looked digitally added at first, i had to double click. fantastic!!!

  • madison07
    madison07about 7 years ago

    HA…now that’s a cool tree!!! Nicely done!

  • Anita Donohoe
    Anita Donohoeabout 7 years ago

    Thank you, Madison and funkyface!
    This is an unadulterated photo. The dwellings carved into the volcanic tuff are really there, and a vendor strung the branch with glass evil eye beads. I may use this as a Christmas card!
    Anita

  • thelightseeker
    thelightseekerabout 7 years ago

    What an extraordinary vision! It really deserved such a good shot :) Great subject and composition!

  • Anita Donohoe
    Anita Donohoeabout 7 years ago

    Thank you, lightseeker!
    When you go to Turkey, make sure Cappadocia is on your list of places to visit. The region is a visual treat and the history is fascinating. You can visit ancient churches, mosques and villages carved into the volcanic tuff.

  • iammeasiam
    iammeasiamabout 7 years ago

    Fantastic picture. Love to see this for myself one day And you make it sound so intresting aswel.
    It’s great thank you.

  • Jelynn
    Jelynnabout 7 years ago

    lovely colours. great shot

  • PhotoBloke
    PhotoBlokeabout 7 years ago

    Great picture Anita, I love the contrast between the bright blue and the earthy dwellings, the way the dull blue in the background is emphasised in the foreground as brightness. Most of all I enjoy the story this tells. Good work!

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