The Malevolent Eye: An Essay on the Evil Eye, Fertility and the Concept of Mana Pierre Bettez Gravel

ISBN: 9780820422756

Published: August 1st 1995

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212 pages


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The Malevolent Eye: An Essay on the Evil Eye, Fertility and the Concept of Mana  by  Pierre Bettez Gravel

The Malevolent Eye: An Essay on the Evil Eye, Fertility and the Concept of Mana by Pierre Bettez Gravel
August 1st 1995 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, AUDIO, mp3, ZIP | 212 pages | ISBN: 9780820422756 | 8.80 Mb

The Evil Eye is one of the most wide-ranging systems of beliefs in the world and in history. It is more widespread than the belief in one God. Yet it is misunderstood and remains rather puzzling and mysterious. An explanation of its origins is givenMoreThe Evil Eye is one of the most wide-ranging systems of beliefs in the world and in history.

It is more widespread than the belief in one God. Yet it is misunderstood and remains rather puzzling and mysterious. An explanation of its origins is given by focusing on the meaning of the eye-as-symbol rather than on defining the Evil Eye as a problem of vision and gaze (i.e. the belief that there is some unexplained emanation flowing from the eye of some people.). As symbol, it is presumed to have its roots in fertility rituals dating back to prehistory.

The very idea of fertility is the beginning and the end of survival in all subsistence societies. This pervasive obsession with production and reproduction, not only characterizes prehistory and the pre-industrial world, but it has persisted with important modifications, into the world of money-markets, in which the understanding and immediate values have been lost, while at the same time, the strong emotions attached to Fertility and its ancient symbols have been retained.

The eye is one such symbol.



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