Amulet, Evil Eye - Muska, Nazarlik


 
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It is believed that some people possess a power in their glance which causes harm, injury, misfortune and even death.

Evil eyes are various objects that reduce the effect of evil glance, thus protecting the ones who carry them. Blue beads, wild mustard, garlic, sea shells, old coins, lead, mercury, the shell of a small turtle, silver and gold 'Masallah' motifs (inscription of the word meaning 'God save him' on gold or silver) are used with this purpose.

'Muska' is a written charm which is believed to have a magical and religious power to protect the possessor from dangerous external factors. It is generally carried in triangular cases.


Various form of amulet and evil eye motifs including the Solomon's Seal which is called a star amulet in Anatolia are illustrated below:

Amulet

Amulet

Amulet

Amulet