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VII. Evil eyes — diamond baraka symbols found on rugs and walls that protect by averting an evil gaze, while sharp points repel djinn.
From "Moroccan Blue," a handmade zine of illustrated mystic visual artifacts from Morocco, risoprinted by drucken3000 , now available at link in bio.
Ok this is a big one. The evil eye concept has appeared throughout antiquity from the Mediterranean to West Asia. The Moroccan style of representing it differs from those seen further East, using the diamond instead of circular shape. These are 4 styles I chose to illustrate, but many others appear on rugs, pottery, doors, jewelry and anything that can be worn or placed in someone's environment to increase protection. The belief is the same that they protect against curses by looking/reflecting them back to the evil entity giving someone "the evil eye," as a look is thought to be the way a curse or spell is transmitted. I've always been fascinated by this symbol, as there is a duality in its concept of using the tool of the evil, the eye itself, to also divert the evil. Both depend on each other to exist (just like good and evil). But that's for a longer philosophical discussion. I'm also ok with being a little superstitious and having this symbol around just in case.