How to protect yourself from the evil eye?
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Beyond those generally used according to Senegalese beliefs, here are two rituals that can also be used to find out if you are affected by the evil eye:Updated on October 20, 2020, Aida Diagne
Some people don’t believe in it. Yet, in our African traditions, the evil eye does exist. The envious and the jealous can send us harmful waves that can act as a real brake on our ambitions or cause endless hassle. Instability in the workplace or in the couple, repeated injuries or chronic illness can be the direct consequences of an evil eye.
Each society has its own methods of warding off the evil eye: grigris, seeing a marabout, incantations, lucky charms or rituals. Beyond those generally used according to Senegalese beliefs, here are two rituals that can also be used to find out if you are affected by the evil eye:
The salt ritual: in the right hand, take a handful of fine salt and turn it over your head, seven times in one direction, seven times in the other. As you perform these movements, repeat inwardly: have I been the victim of the evil eye? I want to know it! Open your hand and look at the salt. If a pair of eyes is in the form of two holes, then you are affected. Throw that salt down the toilet and flush the toilet, it will flush it out.
The bowl of water: The other ritual is to fill a bowl with water and then pour a few drops of oil into it. Four to five drops are enough. Any oil is suitable for this test. If the oil drops are floating on the surface then all is well. On the other hand, if they fall to the bottom, you have been given an evil eye Throw the oil in the toilet.