Intriguing find in ancient cemetery: an 'evil eye' box

August 13, 2014 3:31 PM

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People in the ancient kingdom of Kush not only believed in the afterlife, they apparently feared the evil eye—in the afterlife, LiveScience reports. Archaeologists excavating a 2,000-year-old cemetery near the Nile River in Sudan say that among many artifacts, they found a box decorated with eyes likely thought to protect the deceased from the evil eye.

The so-called "udjat" eyes were "a well-known tradition in Egypt," says Sudanese archaeologist Mahmoud Bashir. "It had a kind of ritual role to [protect] from the evil eye." (The evil eye—a look that someone gives a person or thing that causes it harm—dates back to ancient Roman and Greek texts as w...

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