The James T. Callow Folklore Archive
When a person praises or compliments you or
your children, you should make the sign of evil,
or the devil, behind your back by holding your
little finger and first finger up while making
a fist. By doing this you ward off the evil eye
or bad luck.
My grandmother doesn't particularly believe in this
but her parents and husband's parents did. It is
a strong belief in Malta.
James Callow Keyword(s): index finger
|Subject headings:||BELIEF -- Body part Senses|
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Bad luck
SPEECH -- Gesture
Date learned: 00001930S