A nazar is an eye-shaped amulet believed to protect against the evil eye. In Turkey, I saw some outside people’s homes, in a car, or even on a plane the Turkish airline Fly Air used the nazar as their logo on the tailfins of their aircrafts… (but that didn’t stop it from going under). But enough with my Western skepticism.
The more I got used to the nazar, it’s literally everywhere, the more I liked its colors, look, even the message behind. So I bought a fat stylish one for our home in Paris. Real proud of myself I showed it to some Turkish friends. I was almost telling them, look how Turkish I’ve become… Not.
They felt bad for me. “A nazar is only effective if it is offered to you, Eleonore, not if you buy it for yourself”.
I understood then why people in the streets kept pining bobby pins with nazar pearls to my kids’ clothes… And have since, never put my nazar up anywhere. I need to find someone to give it to now.
Cihangir, Beyoglu, Istanbul, Turkey, 2013
Photo from Picturesque
Eléonore (French), Newly settled in Istanbul, Eleonore has many intercultural experiences. She is trying to figure out a way to understand and even accept those that annoy her, shock her or leave her indifferent.