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  The evil eye, known in the Greek culture as the mati, is known to have been a fixture in Greece dating back to at least the 6th century BC. It is a superficial form of bad or evil energy which could be passed on to you either through jealousy or hatred.

In the Greek culture, if the evil eye has been passed on to you it is cast away through the process of xematiasma. One process of xematiasma is whereby the "healer" silently recites a secret prayer passed over from an older relative of the opposite sex. According to custom, if one is indeed afflicted with the evil eye, both victim and "healer" then start yawning profusely. The "healer" then performs the sign of the cross three times, and spits in the air three times.

Another process used to check if the evil eye was cast is that of the oil: under normal conditions, olive oil floats in water, as it is lighter than water. The test of the oil is performed by placing one drop of olive oil in a glass of water, typically holy water, while reciting the secret prayer. If the drop floats, the test concludes there is no evil eye involved. If the drop sinks, then it is asserted that the evil eye is cast indeed.

Such prayers are revealed only under specific circumstances, for according to superstition those who reveal them indiscriminately lose their ability to cast off the evil eye.

The belief is that when given as a gift, either in the form of jewelry or ornamental, the mati (eye) wards off the evil and jealous eye.

Our evil eye jewelry and gifts are carefully selected and imported from Greece.

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