nazar eyes

This is actually rather old art, from about the middle of 2016. In a spur of inspiration I made a dragon character based on/influenced by some mediterranean cultural elements found in my country of origin and the surrounding areas: the evil eye talisman.These talismans are sometimes referred to as nazars, are generally blue colored symbols, and are believe to ward off curses cast by malevolent glares and the sort.

His name is Nazar. :)

Art and character © RainbowFoxy


Shoukoku no Altair Fashion Analysis

I live in an area where most of the shops are owned by Turkish people, and in nearly every shop I have noticed a nazar hung behind the counter. A nazar is an amulet used to guard against the Evil Eye. Anyone who has visited Turkey will know that these symbols are everywhere, so it is appropriate that they are featured in some of Mahmut’s outfits (including this one).

Then I began to wonder if Mahmut’s other accessories in this picture had real life counterparts. Kato Kotono must get her inspiration from somewhere, no? Here are my findings so far:

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Nazar Köy (“evil eye village”) in İzmir

The art of handcrafting glass evil eye beads (“nazar boncuğu“ in Turkish) has deep roots, extending from the Mediterranean tradition of glass making dating back 3,000 years. Remnants of this ancient but dying art can be found in Nazar Köy.


Nazar boncukları (Evil eye beads)


Duydum ki bizi bırakmaya azmediyorsun, etme.
Başka bir yar, başka bir dosta meylediyorsun, etme.

Sen yadeller dünyasında ne arıyorsun yabancı?
Hangi hasta gönüllüyü kastediyorsun, etme.

Çalma bizi, bizden bizi, gitme o ellere doğru.
Çalınmış başkalarına nazar ediyorsun, etme.

Ey ay, felek harab olmuş, altüst olmuş senin için…
Bizi öyle harab, öyle altüst ediyorsun, etme.

Ey, makamı var ve yokun üzerinde olan kişi,
Sen varlık sahasını öyle terk ediyorsun, etme.

Sen yüz çevirecek olsan, ay kapkara olur gamdan.
Ayın da evini yıkmayı kastediyorsun, etme.

Bizim dudağımız kurur sen kuruyacak olsan.
Gözlerimizi öyle yaş dolu ediyorsun, etme.

Aşıklarla başa çıkacak gücün yoksa eğer;
Aşka öyleyse ne diye hayret ediyorsun, etme.

Ey, cennetin cehennemin elinde oldugu kişi,
Bize cenneti öyle cehennem ediyorsun, etme.

Şekerliğinin içinde zehir zarar vermez bize,
O zehiri o şekerle sen bir ediyorsun, etme.

Bizi sevindiriyorsun, huzurumuz kaçar öyle.
Huzurumu bozuyorsun, sen mahvediyorsun, etme.

Harama bulaşan gözüm, güzelliğinin hırsızı.
Ey hırsızlığa da değen hırsızlık ediyorsun, etme.

İsyan et ey arkadaşım, söz söyleyecek an değil.
Aşkın baygınlığıyla ne meşk ediyorsun, etme


Nazar boncuğu - Nazar (amulet) eye-shaped amulet believed to protect against the evil eye (“evil eye”, from nazar and “amulet” from boncuğu).

whydoesthisevenhappen  asked:

Hey! Do you know anything about the "evil eye" symbol? I know it's associated with mostly middle eastern religions but I was wondering if you knew anything about it. Please and thank you (:

This is an awesome question. I will be pulling from multiple resources to answer it as the Evil Eye is not just in middle eastern religions but cross cultural and multinational…which is why it fascinates me so much. There are a LOT of variations on the evil eye:

  • Hebrew Evil Eye – Ayin Ha’ra
  • Turkish Evil Eye – Nazar Boncugu
  • Italian Evil Eye – Mal Occhio
  • Farsi – Bla Band
  • Arabic – Ayin Harsha
  • Scotland – Droch Shuil
  • Spanish – Mal Ojo or El Oja
  • France – Mauvais Oeil
  • Germany – Böser Blick
  • Romans – Oculus Malus

Lets start of with What is the Evil Eye:
  The most popular image is a dark blue circle with a white eye, a lighter blue iris and a black pupil, seen below:

According to Naomi Millburn of the online classroom: “The concept of the evil eye is widespread in Mediterranean countries, with its roots planted in ancient Greece. It is mentioned or discussed in many ancient texts including the Old Testament, Talmudic literature and the Koran. The idea is that the gaze of someone who harbors feelings of envy or jealousy can bring misfortune upon the one who is seen — the one who “gets the evil eye.”

The symbol depicted above is not the Evil Eye itself but a talisman to protect one from it.

The evil eye is a human look believed to cause harm to someone or something else. The supernatural harm may come in the form of anything from a minor misfortune to disease, injury or even death. Folklorist Alan Dundes, in his edited volume “The Evil Eye: A Casebook,” notes that “the victim’s good fortune, good health, or good looks — or unguarded comments about them — invite or provoke an attack by someone with the evil eye. If the object attacked is animate, it may fall ill. … Symptoms of illness caused by the evil eye include loss of appetite, excessive yawning, hiccups, vomiting, and fever. If the object attacked is a cow, its milk may dry up; if a plant or fruit tree, it may suddenly wither and die.”

One of the most powerful examples of the evil eye amulet in the Middle East and Africa is the Hamsa, also known as the “Hand of Fatima.” The hamsa is a hand-shaped symbol with the evil eye on the palm. The hamsa can be used in wallpaper or jewelry to ward off the evil eye. The hamsa is also found in Jewish culture, where it is known as the “Hand of God” or the “Hand of Miriam.” The popularity of Kabbalah has revived the hamsa and influenced its presence in jewelry and design.

There are so many version of the hand out there. But you will notice how distinctly they look like the original symbol.

I do hope this answers your question!


“It comes from an old superstition in the Middle East… Some people believe that those who want to hurt you can curse you or give you ‘the evil eye.’ The nazar is meant to counteract the evil eye… and just bring protection in general to those who wear it. ”
—Janine Hathaway, Frostbite, page 316-317