Photo Friday: Evil Eye Charms (nazar boncu?u)

Candies adorned with amulets to ward off the evil eye in Turkey
Candies adorned with amulets to ward off the evil eye in Turkey

Charms to ward off the Evil Eye seem to be available in every shop in Istanbul. You see them hanging in windows, dangling near the cash register and adorning jewlery. Still, one of my favorite uses is these small candy boxes, meant to be handed out to announce the arrival of a new baby.

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      1. Anna on November 11, 2010 at 1:10 p.m.

        I remember these from when I visited Turkey as a child. Can't help but feeling a bit freaked by them even if they are for protection!

      2. Sarah V. on November 11, 2010 at 10:37 p.m.

        I love that beautiful blue and those neatly-tied ribbons. Lovely.

      3. Dominique on November 12, 2010 at 5:23 a.m.

        I got one of these charms at the Kalamazoo Art Institute, primarily because we're taking all the good vibes we can get over here these days :lol:
        They're not something I've seen a lot of places, but I became fascinated with them after reading about them here earlier!

      4. Mara on November 12, 2010 at 5:45 a.m.

        These were ubiquitous in the London neighborhood of Stoke Newington where we once lived for a month - lots of Turks and Cypriots there. I liked the way they would cast blue shadows on the sidewalks

      5. wandering educators on November 12, 2010 at 7:40 a.m.

        i love these. i have several, and have them in places where i, too, can see the sun through them. i am esp intrigued with them in this way, for new babies! brilliant!

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