Weekly Photo Challenge: Symbol

nazar boncuk

One of my favorite symbols in Turkey is the nazar boncuğu.  This talisman is also known as the Evil Eye- in that it supposedly protects you from it.  The Evil Eye is a concept that “evil” or jealous eyes can bring bad juju on you.  Even Islamically speaking this can be true, that people that are jealous of you can wish you harm.  According to the lore, even someone with “bright eyes” (basically any color but brown) can cause nazar by simply admiring a thing, even with pure intentions.  Wearing this charm or hanging it around your house can prevent the juju from getting you.

This talisman is also common in Greece and other Mediterranean areas.

  While in real life we know that nazar cannot be prevented by using a shiny piece of painted glass, I love it.  For me it will always be a symbol of Turkey and Turkish culture.

My Muse (weekly photo challenge)

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There is something about the ocean that inspires me.   Regardless of a storm far out at sea, the tide stills comes in, goes out, comes in, goes out… it doesn’t change.  Any particular shell that washes ashore could have originated in another part of the world, but now it is here.   All the while the tide goes in, goes out, goes in, goes out.  It is a comfort to me, knowing that even though some things change, others always stay the same.