University Of Phoenix
Are the myths that one grew up to believe merely superstitions? The evil eye is associated with many Middle Eastern cultures, also linking the eye with many personal beliefs, but many people have a tendency to vary with the fact of the evil eye being factual or merely a superstition. Middle Eastern cultures all believe in different myths, but one great myth all Middle Eastern believe in is the evil eye. The evil eye is like a light. You can see it, feel it, be affected by it, or affect others by means of it (Rabia.2005, para.1). The evil eye is present everywhere around Middle Eastern cultures. The eye is worn in the form of jewelry such as, bracelets, earrings, and necklace pendants. In addition, the evil eye is present in many Middle Eastern homes such as wall pendants. The evil eye is visible in all places, for the reason that the people have faith in the eye casting away evilness. The evil eye has an immense effect on one’s personal beliefs at the same time as religious beliefs. People that vastly believe in the evil eye, believe that it is mandatory to place a evil eye pendant on a new born babies clothes thus to avoid away any evil eye attacks. Many evil eye pendants are worn along with the cross for religious beliefs; in addition, one may choose to wear an evil eye pendant attached with a horseshoe, which is believed to bring good luck as well. It has been suggested that the term covet (to eye enviously) in the tenth commandment refers to casting the evil eye, rather than to simply desire or envy (Wikipedia, 2007). The Middle Eastern culture believes the eye protects one from sickness, bad luck, and death caused all by just one glance from someone. An evil eye attack is believed to have a vast effect on its victims. Many people believe the attack may causes vomiting, diarrhea, the drying up of breast milk, livestock, and problems with the blood, eyesight, and bad luck; these are only few examples of the effects of the evil eye attack (Stevens. 2007, para.6). Its believers take the evil eye myth very religiously, but many people carry out the belief of the evil eye being merely a superstition. Many people believe the evil eye is merely a superstition. The majority of these people are the younger generations out there. The younger generations have a tendency to start straying away from one’s cultural beliefs as well as religious beliefs. These days, the younger generation will merely believe in something if it is a scientific fact or something a friend within same age group would say to an individual. Older generations believe deeply in the myths one grew up to believe. Many of the older generations believe that one’s religious beliefs and mythological beliefs intertwine for one to believe in these myths. Mainly, the belief of something being a superstition or a true myth is associated with the different generations. Many cultures have different beliefs of myths, which can be multifaceted. The personal myth of the evil eye is vastly associated with many Middle Eastern cultures; the eye has a great effect to one’s life that truly believes in the eye’s mystical powers. As well as different generations (mostly younger generation) have a tendency to believe the eye as merely being a superstition. In conclusion, the evil eye yes is a myth, but myths that many Middle East cultures deeply believe, also having great effects on believer’s personal life, but yet again diverse generations have the tendency to believe the evil eye is merely a superstition.
Abu-Rabi, A. (Folkore: Dec, 2005, Vol. 116 issue 3). The evil eye and cultural Beliefs Among the Bedouin Tribes of the Negev, Middle East. Retrieved October 24, 2007, from University of Phoenix, EbscoHost. http://web.ebscohost.com/ehost/detail?vid=7&hid=103&sid=714e6aab-0eb1-4313-a298-fe064c287b54%40sessionmgr104.
Stevens S. (2007). What is...
References: Abu-Rabi, A. (Folkore: Dec, 2005, Vol. 116 issue 3). The evil eye and cultural Beliefs
Among the Bedouin Tribes of the Negev, Middle East. Retrieved October 24, 2007, from University of Phoenix, EbscoHost.
Stevens S. (2007). What is the Evil Eye? Ezine articles. Retrieved October 24, 2007,
from http://ezinearticles.com/?What-is-the-Evil-Eye?&id= 20447.
Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. (October 2007,). Evil Eye. Retrieved October 24,
2007, from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Evil_eye.
Please join StudyMode to read the full document