Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The evil eye...
Whenever I take Anjali to a party or similar gathering, my in-laws tell me to put a black dot somewhere visible on the her face. This is to avoid attracting the Evil Eye. People may say so many nice things to the child, that some evil vibes get jealous and attach themselves to the child. All the evil vibes will be absorbed by the black dot and then be washed off, rendering them harmless.
If the child doesn't wear the black dot, she may get Evil Eye. This can cause sickness, bad luck, and just that creepy feeling so it's hard to settle them down. If she gets Evil Eye, you can hold a lime and red chili over her head and circle it a few times, then you're supposed to burn the lime and chili to get rid of the Evil Eye.
Servants like to offer to do these removal services whenever we come back from an outing and my daughter seems out of sorts. I don't know if it's because they believe in it or they just want to earn brownie points with my inlaws.
A few months ago, my husband was adamant that my daughter get an "alus" (sp?). An alus is one of those tiny metal vials that you wear around your neck, it is usually filled with some sacred stuff that has been blessed in a puja (prayer ceremony) for the person's protection. His mom and her sister got one for us from one of the family temples in Kerala. Our daughter now wears it 24/7.
I thought that now since she wears this alus wherever she goes, she wouldn't need the black mark anymore. Not so, apparently this alus is against "black magic."
Who the hell does he know that has the time for black magic? This is a wacko place.
You should see this one kid in my daughter's mommy-n-me class, he's got six or seven protective charms around his neck on a black thread in all kinds of metals. My daughter's a snob that way, she has only 22kt everything. :)