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Evil Eye Tree

Anita Donohoe

Lompoc, United States

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

The evil eye beads I remember from my time in Turkey had yellow in them, unlike most of the ones we saw during our journey. They 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 sky or nibble at the sun.

In Turkey, the belief is that evil eye beads ward off the effects of the “evil eye” and bounces back any curses or ill will. You will see an 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…

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