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THE EVIL EYE

UP UNTIL ABOUT 1947, SHIPS SAILING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN HAD A LARGE
EYE PAINTED ON THE SIDE. THIS WAS TO PROTECT THEM FROM EVIL AND FROM
ANY HARM.

Submitter comment: THIS IS INDICATIVE OF THE MANY SUPERSTITIONS DEALING WITH THE SEA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; CAMPUS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Means of transportation Water craft or boat propelled by human, wind, mechanical or other force
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms

Date learned: 11-00-1975

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