Malocchio in Italian is the “Evil Eye! Italians are predominantly Catholics but many, especially in the south, believe in superstitions. The Evil Eye is one that is very strong in Italian culture. It happens when someone wishes you bad luck. The Evil Eye puts a curse on you. It can be simple like your boy friend won’t like you any more, you will fail an exam or you will get sick or even die. There are Italians that can test you for the Evil Eye and remove it. People believe in all sorts of things. In the US, New Orleans is an area that believes in evil spells, a form of voodoo. We humans seem to want to have an explanation for bad luck!

Other superstitions in Italy include pouring wine to the left. Left in Italian is sinistra. This is the origin of our word sinister. Doing things left-handed is not right even evil in some cultures. I was once at a dinner in Italy and I was pouring wine around. I started to pour toward the left (back-handed) and everyone at the table just about had a heart attack. After explaining it to me I never poured that way again.

When traveling we need to understand local customs and adhere to them.

George & Jo Anne


Categories: Customs, Europe, Italy, Wine | Tags: , , , , , | 4 Comments

Post navigation

4 thoughts on “Malocchio

  1. Jo Anne Febish

    Awesome blog🇮🇹

    Jo Anne Febish



    The message of Jesus was one of love, but He never taught religious tolerance, that is a fabrication of man. Jesus, speaking to the scribes and Pharisees said “You hypocrites, rightly did Isaiah prophesy of you……’But in vain do they worship Me, teaching as doctrines the precepts of men.’ ” (Mathew 15:7-9) Does that ring of placability? Jesus, conversing, again with the Pharisees said,”…If God were your Father, you would love Me…..You are of your father the the devil, and you want to do the desires of your father…(John 8:42-47) Does the reveal an indulgent Jesus?

    If Jesus did not teach religious tolerance, then where do Christians get their directive for mingling with teachers of false doctrine in assorted union fellowships? Can you imagine the apostle Paul participating in a Good Friday communion service with the Judaizers, Sadducees, scribes and Pharisees? No, he said the exact opposite. “Now I urge you brethren, keep your eye on those who cause dissensions and hindrances contrary to the teaching which you learned, and turn away from them. For such men are slaves not of the Lord Christ but of their own appetites; and by their smooth and flattering speech they deceive the hearts of the unsuspecting.” (Romans 16:17-18) Does that sound like a resolution to endure erroneous religious instructors?

    The absence of a Biblical directive authorizing interreligious activities in which Christians may participate seems of little consequence to the contemporary church. For example men join in interdenominational and interreligious worship. It may take the form of a Good Friday communion, a musical concert, a teaching seminar, or other ways in which we show our tolerance, if not our obvious acceptance of the those who pervert the doctrines of God! Why would you want to give credence to those who deny the bodily resurrection of Jesus, teach polytheism, pray to the Virgin Mary and other dead saints, deny the essentially of immersion in water for the forgiveness of sins, claim that sprinkling is a valid form of baptism, advocate once saved always saved, teach that men are saved by faith only or deny that Jesus Christ is the only Son of the living God?

    How important is doctrinal purity? Can we deny the central principles of the Gospel and still be saved? Many of the religious groups who have joint activities deny the following Scriptures.

    SOME DENY THE BODILY RESURRECTION: Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead you will be saved;

    A FEW TEACH POLYTHEISM: Mark 12:29-32 Jesus answered, “The foremost is, ‘HEAR, O ISRAEL! THE LORD OUR GOD IS ONE LORD……32 The scribe said to Him, “Right, Teacher; You have truly stated HE IS ONE , AND THERE IS NO ONE ELSE BESIDES HIM;


    MANY DENY THAT WATER BAPTISM IS FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS: Acts 2:38 Peter said to them, “Repent and each of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins; and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.

    SOME DENY THAT JESUS IS THE ONLY MEDIATOR BETWEEN MAN AND GOD: 1 Timothy 2:5 For there is one God, and one mediator also between God and men, the man Jesus Christ.

    SOME SAY THERE ARE MANY WAYS TO THE FATHER: John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way , and the truth, and the life, no one comes to the Father but through Me.

    THERE ARE THOSE WHO PREACH, ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED: Luke 8:13 Those on the rocky soil are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no firm root; they believe for a while, and in time of temptation fall away.

    The Scriptures teach that there will be false apostles who will masquerade as apostles of Christ. (2Corinthians 11:4-15)

    Galatians 1:8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven , should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed!

    The apostle Paul had a, LOW TOLERANCE, for RELIGIOUS TOLERANCE.

    Considering what the Bible clearly teaches about religious tolerance, we can only conclude that Jesus taught us to love those in error, to pray for them, study God’s word with them, but He never suggested we accept them in their present state as joint heirs, heaven bound.

    There are those who would excuse the honestly ignorant; but will self imposed ignorance be excused come judgement day? Ignorance is not the problem with most, after having read the Scriptures, they simply reject what dose not suit their particular tradition or their personal concept of TRUTH!

    Religious Tolerance may help us cultivate friendships, but will
    it save anyone?

    (All Scripture quotes from: NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE)


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog at

%d bloggers like this: