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