The evil eye was first recorded by the Mesopotamian about 5,000 years ago in cuneiform on clay tablets, but may actually have originated as early as the Upper Paleolithic age. We find this symbol in Jewish, Christian, and Muslim cultures as well as Buddhist and Hindu societies. The "evil eye" is a curse believed to be cast by a malevolent glare, which is usually directed towards a person who is unaware. Many cultures believe that receiving the evil eye will cause one misfortune, bad luck, or injury. The Nazar jewelry and talismans we see today were created to protect against the evil eye, and also frequently called "evil eyes," as they protect the wearer from malevolence.