Origin: Ancient, Everywhere
Description: a look of envy can cause bad luck for the person it is directed at
A version of this superstition is found almost all cultures. In ancient Rome, professional sorcerers with the gift of the Evil Eye could be hired to curse enemies on demand, which sounds like an easy way to make a living. In Medieval Europe, Romany Gypsies were commonly accused of possessing a stare that could inflict evil, and a similar belief is common in many parts of the world today.
Among its incarnations is the belief among actors that peacock feathers should never be used on stage - because the 'eye' of the feather is an Evil Eye.
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
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