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Nazar boncugu—blue glass Evil Eye bead
  1. Mehmet Kaan Kaya,
  2. Arun D Singh,
  3. Harminder S Dua

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    The myth or belief of the Evil Eye runs through almost all cultures on this planet. For centuries people have tried to ward off the ill effects or curse of the Evil Eye by adopting varied and ingenious methods. A simple measure practised in the Indian subcontinent is to place a small black mark or dot on the cheek, chin or forehead of a baby or child or behind the ear of a young lass who may be shy to advertise her (or her parents’) belief. Carrying a charm or a talisman that offers protection is also a very common practice. The image of …

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