Closed Mondays

Penn Student Making Workshop

Evil is in the Eye of the Beholder

Penn Museum

Thursday, Sep. 21, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm ET

A gemstone ring.

Making Workshops are Museum-sponsored events that encourage Penn undergraduate and graduate students to become more familiar with the Museum’s collection by getting their hands involved. These events provide a fun and educational setting to promote social interaction and engage students with artifacts and ethnographic objects. Create something related to the objects or theme of the night!

The belief in the evil eye has a long and diverse history, spanning numerous cultures. This ancient superstition dates back thousands of years and can be traced to various regions around the world, including the Mediterranean, Middle East, and parts of Asia. To protect against the evil eye, various talismans, amulets, and rituals are employed, such as the Nazar, an eye-shaped amulet found in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean cultures. These serve as symbols of protection and ward off the negative energy associated with the evil eye, ensuring the well-being and safety of individuals and their surroundings. The evil eye remains a fascinating aspect of human folklore and belief, showcasing the universal human desire to protect oneself from negative energies and influences.

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Free and open to all Penn students, materials and dinner provided.