nazar Turkish: nazar boncugu Old Turkic: gokce
muncuk is an eye-shaped amulet believed to protect
against the evil eye evil eye, from nazar and amulet from boncugu.
The word nazar is derived from the Arabic نظر, sight or seeing. In Central
Asia, during the ages of Tengrism, people held similar superstitions like
horseshoes, garlic, wolf's tooth, dried thorn, lead, stones but the
crystal blue eye has always been the most popular
one. It is a common sight in Turkey, Syria,
Lebanon, Egypt, Armenia, Iran, Afghanistan, Greece, Iraq, Cyprus and
Azerbaijan, where the nazar is often hung in homes, offices, cars,
children's clothing, or incorporated in jewellery and ornaments.
A typical nazar is made of handmade glass featuring concentric
circles or teardrop shapes in dark blue, white, light blue and black,
occasionally with a yellow/gold edge.