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Italian Christening robes

Posted By Emma Clarke On May 14, 2013 @ 10:56 pm In Customs,Folk Beliefs,general,Gestation, birth, and infancy,Life cycle,Magic,Protection,Rituals, festivals, holidays,Signs | Comments Disabled

“On the Christening robes of babies, they have these little charms, little golden charms. There’s a monkey fist, a bull horn, all different ones, and they’re all supposed to keep the evil eye away.”


My informant comes from a devout Italian Catholic family. Although the evil eye is not a Christian belief, it has seeped so deeply into the culture from pre-Christian folk beliefs to the extent that a modern Catholic family believes in it enough to take precautions against it harming their infants. Again, there is the idea that celebration can draw the wrath of the evil eye; even a religious celebration is dangerous.

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