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Afikoman

Afikoman  

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This word of uncertain etymology but of Greek origin means ‘dessert’ and is now used to denote the piece of unleavened bread, matzah, eaten at the end of the Seder on the first night of Passover. It ...
amulet

amulet  

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An ornament or small piece of jewellery thought to give protection against evil, danger, or disease. The word is recorded from the late 16th century; it comes from Latin, but is of unknown origin.
charm wands

charm wands  

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A name sometimes given to ornamental glass objects shaped as rolling-pins or small walking-sticks, in which either the glass itself has a multicoloured twisting pattern, or the object is filled with ...
an drochshúil

an drochshúil  

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Droch súil, an. ModIr. for evil eye; in ScG it is an droch shúil.
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The Oxford Companion to the Body

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2003
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Belief in the evil eye — that a human being can cause injury or death through a malevolent glance or

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A Dictionary of Celtic Mythology

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2004

A belief in the power of individuals to cast spells or cause harm, simply by looking, is world-wide; instances of

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A Dictionary of Hinduism

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2009
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Associated with the conscious or unconscious gaze of the envious, and perceived to be a universal danger. Young children are thought to be particularly vulnerable, and considerable energy ... More
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The Oxford Dictionary of the Jewish Religion (2 ed.)

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(Heb. ʿayin ha-raʿ or ʿein ha-raʿ), in popular folklore, the power, held by particular individuals, to harm others (humans, animals, plants) by looking at them. People with eyes that are ... More
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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of World Religions

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2003
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The eye is widely believed to have the power to convey mischief or damage, and is then known as the

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The Oxford Dictionary of Islam

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2003
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Popular belief that a person can glance or stare at someone else's favorite possession and, if envious of the other

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A Concise Companion to the Jewish Religion

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2003
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The ability to bring about evil results by a malicious gaze. In most cultures the belief is prevalent that some

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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

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a popular amuletic image of the 4th–8th C. characterized by an eye surrounded by a variety of threatening beasts and instruments: lions, snakes, scorpions, daggers, etc. Most often it is ... More
eye

eye  

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n. the organ of sight: a three-layered roughly spherical structure specialized for receiving and responding to light. The outer fibrous coat consists of the sclera and the transparent cornea; the ...
holed stones

holed stones  

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One of the most widespread magic devices to protect both man and beast was a pebble with a natural hole in it, also called ‘hagstone’, ‘witch-stone’, or (in the north-east) ‘adder-stones’. They were ...
horse brasses

horse brasses  

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Brass plaques as ornaments for the harness of cart-horses were first made in the late 18th century; they became very popular in the 1850s, replacing an older style of adornment with ribbons, woollen ...
image magic

image magic  

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In magic, injuring a model injures the person it represents, especially if it incorporates his hair or fingernails, or is given his name. In 963 a woman was executed by drowning for driving nails ...
incantation

incantation  

The chanting or reciting of any form of words deemed to have magical power, usually in a brief rhyming spell with an insistent rhythm and other devices of repetition; or the form of words thus ...
lucky beans

lucky beans  

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A number of types of beans and large seeds are regularly washed up on the western shores of Britain, having been carried by the Gulf Stream from the Caribbean or South America, and there is a long ...
Ring Signs

Ring Signs  

(or “characters”), a modern term applied to magical characters developed and popularized on Greco-Egyptian amuletic intaglio gemstones and perpetuated on Byz. amulets (5th–7th C.). So named for the ...
spitting

spitting  

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The worst kind of insult was to spit into someone's face (Num. 12: 14; Matt. 26: 67), but sometimes Jesus spat in the performance of healings (Mark 7: 33).

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