The Evil Eye

The Evil Eye

Brushing the dust at the head of four (cross) ways, and putting the dust over man, or beast, was thought to take away the evil eye. I have heard people speak about an old woman from Ballachrink who swept the road at Colby Bridge, and put it on her man, for she thought an evil eye had been on him.  She used to go down to the Bridge with a wing of a goose, and brush the dust into her apron with the wing.

(source: Manx Reminiscences by Dr. John Clague (1911)); photo)

Bernadette Weyde

Bernadette Weyde

I'm a web designer, amateur historian and keen gardener and I enjoy bringing Manx history, folklore and poetry to a modern audience.

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