Why would anyone believe that someone could give them "the
Ah, if looks could kill. In fact, many people throughout
history have believed that they could. The evil eye has
inspired fear in many cultures. This power to slay with a
stare was believed in ancient Rome, by Eastern European
gypsies and in India. Why would such a belief be so universal?
The best explanation is scientific, not supernatural. What
apparently set so many imaginations to conjure up an evil eye
was an image – the image of one person in another person's
pupils. Look into someone's eyes and you will see yourself
reflected back in miniature in their pupils, a word, by the
way, that comes from the Latin for "little doll." This ability
to "image" another person was thought to give one control over
that person. Add a deadly stare as a prop, and watch out!
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