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What is a Nazar?

A Nazar, Mati, evil eye stone, Turkish Eye or Greek Eye is an amulet for protection against the evil eye. It is more common in Turkey. They are almost always found in offices and homes, jewelry, children, vehicles, doors, horses, and even mobile phones.

 

Before the Turkish-Islamic conquest of Anatolia, Turkish eyes could be seen from time immemorial, for example, on Greek ships. Ancient Greek sailors used amulets on expeditions to protect themselves from the three main gods: Poseidon (god of the sea), Zeus (god of thunder) and Hermes (god of travel), hence the three blue, white and blue rings.

They are often seen as simple pendants or charms made of colored glass, worn on necklaces, bracelets, or anklets. It usually consists of concentric or drop-shaped circles, inside and out: dark blue (or black), light blue, white, and dark blue (sometimes seen as yellow/gold-edged circles).

 

How to use the Nazar?

If you want to use it as a means of protection, you should know that the function of the Turkish eye is to "divert" the gaze of the person to whom you want to harm you and in this way their negative energy is absorbed.

 

What is the origin of the Nazar?

Its existence of it has been known for a long time. As such, nazars have been found in various civilizations such as the Roman Empire, Persian Empire, Mesopotamia, and Ancient Egypt, and their designs have not changed much from what we know today. The first texts that mention this amulet date from the 16th century BC In other words, the belief in the evil eye and the tradition of using the nazar to avoid it go back more than 3,000 years. An amulet almost as old as the Mediterranean, dating back to the origins of civilizations.