Belief in the Evil Eye and Early Childcare in Rural Punjab, Pakistan
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionAsian Ethnology. 2016, 75 (2), 397-418.
The belief in the evil eye is associated with feelings of envy that brings harm to children. In Punjabi Muslim culture the evil eye is a threat to a child’s health before and after birth. This article investigates the “evil eye” belief and protective measures adopted by Punjabis to refract it. The study was conducted in a Pakistani Punjabi village. Findings reveal a dominant magico-religious approach, along with gradually diminishing folk remedies.