You may have heard the phrase "someone giving you the eye from across the room" in your lifetime - and in many cultures, this is more than just a saying. Mati (μάτι, in Greek) or "evil eye", is a curse that is said to be given by a malicious and envious glare often by a person who has negative thoughts or ill intentions towards you. If you were to be cursed by the evil eye, great misfortune is said to fall upon you.
Origins of the Mati (Evil Eye)
You might be wondering, where and how this curse originated? There is no doubt this curse has had many different forms and has been spread through many different cultures. However the earliest known source is a Greek fixture dating back since 6,000 BC and is still standing the test of time, showing up in cultures all over the world today!
Evil Eye Protection
Attempts to protect against the mati has resulted in a variety of amulets being created throughout many different cultures. As a collective, they are called "apotropaic" (Greek for "prophylactic" / προφυλακτικός or "protective", literally: "turns away") amulets.
These amulets actually depict the evil eye itself with the iconic deep blue eye and a wide open white eye. Other colors have also appeared over time and throughout different cultures but the main effect still remains the same. The belief is that having an amulet or charm that depicts the Mati reflects the glare back at the person giving it to you! Wearing a bracelet with the evil eye charm or hanging an amulet in your house is a great way to easily stay protected.
In Greece, the evil eye is cast away through the process of xematiasma (ξεμάτιασμα), where a "healer" silently recites a secret prayer. These prayers are so secret in fact that those who reveal these prayers are said lose their ability to cast off the evil eye forever. There are several regional versions of the prayer in question, a common one being: "Holy Virgin, Our Lady, if [insert name of the victim] is suffering of the evil eye, release him/her of it.", being repeated three times. According to custom, if one is indeed afflicted with the evil eye, both victim and "healer" will begin yawning profusely. The "healer" then performs the sign of the cross three times, and emits spitting-like sounds in the air three times.
These mesmerizing crescent mati suncatchers feature real beautiful crystals that have been expertly designed to catch and scatter sunlight as it passes through them, creating wonderful displays of dancing color and rainbows! These suncatchers also feature a unique crescent moon shaped amulet with the iconic Mati on it. Unlike a dreamcatcher, which captures negative energy; a suncatcher radiates positive energy throughout the whole area!