Evil eye  

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"Another mode of recuperation, which under certain circumstances is still more to my taste, is to auscultate idols … There are more idols in the world than realities; that is my "evil eye" for this world, it is also my "evil ear"…" --Twilight of the Idols (1889) by Friedrich Nietzsche

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The evil eye is a folk belief that the envy elicited by the good luck of fortunate people may result in their misfortune, whether it is envy of material possessions including livestock, or of beauty, health, or offspring. The perception of the nature of the phenomenon, its causes, and possible protective measures, varies between different cultures.

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