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The evil eye : the classic account of an ancient superstition

Author: Frederick Thomas Elworthy
Publisher: Mineola, N.Y. : Dover Publications, 2004.
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This classic text describes the many afflictions said to result from being given the "evil eye" as recorded in the days of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans up to the late 19th century. A thorough study of the notion about harmful or bewitching stares, it focuses on superstition and folklore surrounding the use of gestures, amulets, incantations, and other protective acts to ward off power of the evil eye.  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Frederick Thomas Elworthy
ISBN: 0486434370 9780486434377
OCLC Number: 54407793
Notes: Originally published: London : John Murray, 1895.
Description: xii, 471 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Sympathetic magic --
Totems, portents, tree-worship --
Symbols and amulets --
The Gorgoneion --
Crescents, horns, horseshoes --
Touch, hands, gestures --
The cross --
The Mano Pantea --
The Cimaruta, Sirene, tablets --
Cabalistic writing --
magical formulae --
Spitting, incantation, and other protective acts --
pixies --
Appendix 1: The celestial mother --
Appendix 2: Gurgoyles --
Appendix 3: Divination, incantation, etc.
Responsibility: Frederick Thomas Elworthy.
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This classic text describes the many afflictions said to result from being given the "evil eye" as recorded in the days of the ancient Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans up to the late 19th century. A thorough study of the notion about harmful or bewitching stares, it focuses on superstition and folklore surrounding the use of gestures, amulets, incantations, and other protective acts to ward off power of the evil eye. Enhanced with hundreds of illustrations of evil-preventing charms--from the author's personal collection--this in-depth study will appeal to students and scholars of folklore and anyone intrigued by tales of the supernatural.

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