The Evil Eye
Belief in the evil eye is not only found amongst the Greeks but
also the Jews, Buddhists, Hindus and in some Christain cultures.
Known to the greeks as Mati, the evil eye is by far the most famous
of greek superstitions. It is said to strike anywhere and at any
time. To ward off this evil most greeks wear a blue bead with an
eye painted on it either around their necks or on a bracelet. Often
one will be found pinned to a babies clothing or carry cot. This
is said to ward off any evil that some one has wished upon you.
The Greek Orthodox church
recognises the evil eye and calls it Vaskania. There is a special
prayer done by the priests for those who have fallen under its curse.
Said to ward off evil. Most greeks will spit into their clothes
3 times to ward off any evil that may befall them. Although it looks
like they are spitting, in actual fact it is really Ptew, Ptew,
Ptew with little or no spit comming out. Fisherman will spit three
times into their nets to ensure a good catch.When a baby is baptized
into the Greek Orthodox church the priest will blow into the air
three times to glorify the holy trinity and spit three times onto
the ground at the devil. Spitting is said to be good against the
Considered to be lucky on its own, most greeks see this number as
being the 12 apostles and Christ. In greek culture Tuesdays are
considered the unluckest day of the week. Hence Tuesday the 13th
is regarded an unlucky day. As opposed to Friday 13th in many western
It is believed that garlic wards off demons and evil spirits. Garlic
may be worn on clothing or placed in a pocket. Some people hang
it up in their homes or businesses. It is belived to be very effective
against the evil eye.
Salt is considered to have great powers as a purifying force.Used
to ward off demons and evil spirits, it is thrown over the left
shoulder. Salt is also sprinkled around new houses to remove any
lurking demons or evil spirits.