Roxana cant even remember the age at which she learned about the Evil Eye and how to combat it, but she is certain she learned this folklore protection superstition from her parents when she was growing up in Orange County, California. She believes both her parents learned their techniques to rid the Evil Eye from their own Persian parents, and passed the knowledge down to her. The context in which this folklore is performed, Roxana says, is, If my Mom hears people complimenting me, shell burn esfand for me so I dont get [evil eye]. Like when I broke out freshman year, she said, People have jinxed you. Theyve looked at you with evil eye, with jealousy, so bad fortune has come onto you. This is what shell do to prevent it. Literally, when bad things happen to me, she says, its the evil eye Although her parents have been warning her about the Evil Eye since she was a young child, she recalls an incident that occurred in 2007, when she was 18 and had just gotten into college. Roxana remembers, We went to a family party, and I saw a bunch of people I hadnt seen in a couple months. They did their usual, Oh Roxana, you look beautiful, youre such a nice girl, youre in college, youre going to be so successful. Then we go home, and my mom turns on the oven and puts on esfand – its like an herb that smokes a lot – and she says, Come here, and started waving all the smoke in my face. And she says, They jinxed you at the party. This will take away all the chemsh (evil eye). Roxana says she believes in the power of the Evil Eye, and incorporates it into much of her art. Although this is a tradition that has never been a part of my life, I see why Roxana and so many people believe in the power of this folklore performance to take away bad vibes. I believe that bad mojo and jealously from others can indirectly interfere with ones own personal goals and good intentions, so I can appreciate the action of using smoke and herbs to force the negativity away. Annotation: This Evil Eye Purification Ceremony is also seen documented in Living Tradition of Irans Crafts, a book published in 1979 by Jasleen Dhamija.