Saturday, October 20, 2007

Eye of Horus and Nazar Boncuk (Nazar Boncugu)

As anyone who has read any of my Harry Potter analysis essays will know, I'm fascinated by the Eye of Horus. I've written a series of editorials on (pre-Deathly Hallows) that analyzed Egyptian Myths in the Harry Potter series, including the Eye of Horus.

One thing that's always struck me was how similar the Turkish nazar boncuk (below) looks compared to the Egyptian Eye of Horus (above). The single, staring eye, with black pupil, surrounded by white and shades of blue, warding off evil--to me, it seems obvious that the nazar boncugu is a direct descendant of the Eye of Horus, However, I've found very little online making this a direct link. Perhaps this is because most of the information would be in Turkish, or perhaps it's just so obvious that no one feels a need to analyze it.

But I do. I find it fascinating that we have an amulet, very much alive and in constant use today, that is descended from an amulet worn by ancient Eygptians (and Sumerians and Hitittes) 4,000 - 5,000 years ago! That's one powerful amulet!

So, if you know more details of the history of how the Eye of Horus traveled from Egypt to Turkey to become the nazar boncuk, I'd love to hear it!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It's also the eye at the top of the disconnected pyramid on every dollar federal reserve note. A illuminated(satanic) symbol.

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