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Evil Eye in Christian Orthodox Society: A Journey from Envy to Personhood

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Evil Eye in Christian Orthodox Society

A Journey from Envy to Personhood

Nikolaos Souvlakis
Foreword by Kirsty Annable

262 pages, 4 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-80073-118-9 $135.00/£100.00 Hb Published (June 2021)

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“This study manages to deliver a pioneering account and perspective on evil eye. The book is an excellent resource of ethnography to students and/or scholars of evil eye but also evil eye and anthropological enthusiasts.” • Nikodemos Anagnostopoulos, University of Notre Dame in England

“Souvlakis shows his skill as an anthropologist, global spirituality academic and psychotherapist via the phenomenon of the evil eye… the overall book is an accessible and captivating read. Using the evil eye, Souvlakis offers a refreshing view of personhood, challenging some classic assumptions and is an excellent resource of ethnography to students.” • Kirsty Annable, London School of Theology


Evil eye is a phenomenon observed globally and has to do with the misfortune and calamities that we can cause to someone else out of jealousy of their possessions. The book engages with evil eye beliefs in Corfu and investigates the Christian Orthodox influences on the phenomenon and how it affects individuals’ reactions to it. Developing an interdisciplinary dialogue, it offers a fresh view of evil eye as a facilitator of wellbeing rather than a generator of calamities.

Nikolaos Souvlakis is a psychoanalyst, psychologist and anthropologist. He is Lecturer in counselling psychology at the University of Westminster.

Subject: Anthropology of Religion Anthropology (General)
Area: Southern Europe


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