5 Weird Greek Superstitions
To Mati” The evil eye.
The symptoms of the “evil eye” may include headache, bad mood, being unlucky and feeling constantly like you are coming down with something.To test if you have been unlucky enough to have been touched by the curse of the evil eye, place a drop of oil in a glass of water, if it floats, all is well, you have not been afflicted, if it sinks though, well, then it’s a good idea to call a Greek grandmother to say her secret prayer for you, and when she starts yawning, that’s the sign that you had the evil eye and that the curse is leaving you!This must be the most well-known of Greek superstitions, the curse of the evil eye, said to be caused by jealousy and excessive praise, Greek evil eye charms and amulets, in the shape of eyes, are worn, carried in pockets, or hung on walls, to ward off this bad fortune.
“Ftou, Ftou Flou”.Don’t be too surprised to see Greeks spitting all over the place, actually, it is not spitting as such, but more of a spitting sound;Always spit three times (Three depicting The Holy Trinity; Father, Son and Holy Ghost), and you’ll be kept safe from already mentioned the evil eye.If you hear someone speaking of misfortune and misery, say “Ftou, Ftou, Ftou” while blessing yourself,that should keep the same misfortune and misery away from you and your loved ones.Fishermen spit on their nets, to ensure a good catch, and Greek babies are “Ftou, Ftou Ftoued” over, all the time, to keep the devil at bay.
I hope for your sake, that it’s the right palm, this means you’re going to receive money, not a welcome itch if it’s the left palm though, you’ll be the one giving money to someone else’s itchy right palm! Next time your palm itches, take note which one has the tickle, left, or right?
Salt sees off unwelcome visitors
Have unwelcome visitors?Never fear; a pinch of salt, thrown behind their back, will see them on their way!n It’s also said, salt sprinkled in a new home, will drive out evil spirits.
123 1+2+3=6, the name of the person who is talking about you, begins with the sixth letter of the alphabet.Greeks believe, that when you sneeze, someone is talking about you, to find out who that someone is, ask whoever is with you, to give you a three digit number, add the digits together, for example, say they give you the number 123: someone with a name starting from Z is talkingt about you! This swuperstition varies sometimes, it may be the one you are to marry, or someone who wants to be romantically involved with you.