What is the evil eye? My friend got me this beautiful talisman from Iran so I thought I’d make an informative post. Evil eye talismans are believed to protect against the evil eye — curses cast upon unaware people through a malevolent glare (typically due to jealousy). It is believed that bad luck will follow the cursed individual as a result, unless they have some sort of protection from it. The symbol originated around 5000 years ago in ancient Mesopotamia and contrary to popular belief, is not rooted in any particular religion.