How to Protect yourself against the Evil Eye

The Dangerously Truthful Diary of a Sicilian Housewife

sale_di_siciliaI was collecting my son from school a few weeks ago and noticed two bags of salt lying on the ground, split open with salt scattered all over the place.

“Oh dear, someone dropped a bit of their shopping,” I commented to a couple of mothers.

“No, they didn’t,” said one of them.  They laughed, and looked up at a block of flats overlooking the playground.  They both agreed someone had thrown the bags out of one of the windows.

“Why would they do that?” I asked.

They made this sign with their hands. They were giggling, partly from amusement, partly from embarrassment.

The Sicilian Housewife's own fair hand, saying something slightly rude The Sicilian Housewife’s own fair hand, saying something slightly rude

This sign is called fare la corna. I thought that meant cuckold, that someone’s wife is messing about behind his back.

No, they explained, that is only when you wag it from side to side. When…

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