The Evil Eye
The evil eye is the belief that a person is able to project a curse onto someone through their gaze. Some believe that the cause of the evil eye is due to jealousy or envy. In some variations of the belief, the curse that is given is unintentional. The evil eye is often blamed for bouts of bad luck, disease, and even death. Indian women believe that by drawing a black line around their eyes they can not only prevent themselves from accidentally giving the evil eye, but also prevent themselves from receiving the evil eye. There are other ways to ward of the curse, including blue and white circles meant to depict a staring eye which is said to reflect the evil gaze back at the source.