Believing in the supernatural through the evil eye: Perception and science in the modern greek cosmos

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Abstract

Drawing on recent anthropological research in Crete and northern Greece, this article describes the various attitudes and conceptualisations of the supernatural in the context of an everyday Greek belief, namely the belief in the evil eye. The usual pre-determined representation that there are two antithetical segments of our cosmos-the perceivable, embodied, and natural on the one hand and the spiritual, immaterial, and supernatural on the other hand-is challenged. Ultimately, it is shown how the sense of belonging to the Greek cosmos calls for a re-location of the boundaries between naturalism and supernaturalism, rendering the bipolarity between scientific and supernaturalistic ideas obsolete via perceptual experience.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)425-438
Number of pages14
JournalJournal Of Contemporary Religion
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Sep 2014

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