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by Archaeology Newsroom

The evil eye

There are many ancient sources of information to prove that ancient Greeks, Jews and Romans all believed in the spell cast by the evil eye. The ancient Greeks believed that anyone who stood out for his beauty or other exceptional gifts was a prospective victim of the spell. This applied especially to children. The Roman goddess Cumina specialized in averting the evil eye. Christian Orthodox tradition has it that the man who casts the evil eye is an intermediary between the devil and man and uses a spell on the guard against the evil eye. Popular belief has it that certain people have the power of the evil eye and there are ways of resisting this power. Saint Cyprian who wrote the spell against magic and the evil eye, was himself before being baptized “prey to magic and to the adoration of demons”.