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Vaskania Prayer

Hello everyone,

I was wondering if anyone knew the Vaskania prayer. I been looking all over the web for it but i cant find it. Post it in reply or pm it.

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Search for Baskania (B is often pronounced V in Greek)
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It's looking like it is a pagan prayer to ward off the 'Evil eye'.

The source site is down, but see Item #1 in this cached page
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Originally Posted by Oblio View Post
It's looking like it is a pagan prayer to ward off the 'Evil eye'.

The source site is down, but see Item #1 in this cached page
That had a lot of info. Thanks for the link, was a good read.

I ask for the prayer because when i go to Greece my grandmother often whispers it. My mom says it also, but rarely.

So its a pagan prayer and not Christian? Or atleast a pagan practice?
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I'm not really sure, we have a few native Greeks here at TAW, perhaps they'll drop in and give us the scoop.
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Originally Posted by Oblio View Post
It's looking like it is a pagan prayer to ward off the 'Evil eye'.

The source site is down, but see Item #1 in this cached page
Byzantine and Ancient Greek Religiosity
I only skimmed through that article and got sick.

Anyway, I've never heard of Vaskania (=envy) Prayer before, but there's nothing wrong to pray to be protected from the demons' envy and from falling into this vice.
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Here is what goarch.com has to say about it:

Vaskania

The exorcism of satanic powers is also performed by the Orthodox Church in other rites, such as that of the evil eye (vaskania).

Vaskania is simply a phenomenon that was accepted by primitive people as fact. They believed that certain people have such powerful feelings of jealousy and envy, that when they looked on some beautiful object or individual it brought destruction. Vaskania is recognized by the Church as the jealousy and envy of some people for things they do not possess, such as beauty, youth, courage or any other blessing. The Church essentially rejected Vaskania as contradicting the concept of divine providence. The prayers of the Church to avert the evil eye are, however, a silent recognition of this phenomenon as a morbid feeling of envy. The Church forbids people to go to "readers" or other individuals for use of magical rituals to overcome the evil eye. These readers take advantage of the weakness of superstitious people and destroy them spiritually and financially by playing upon their imagination.

There is also a secret rite performed by superstitious people to avert the evil eye, which verges on magic. Though the Church encourages even the laity to pray and exorcise evil, it rejects magical practices and rites. This secret rite is described as follows: "The exorcist (not a priest but an old woman) prepares a vial of olive oil and a small glass of water. She dips a finger in the oil, rubs it in a sign of the Cross on the victim's forehead and lets one drop fall onto the water; she repeats the process, making a cross on the forehead, on the chin and both cheeks. If the devil is indeed present, the four drops of oil in the water join to form the ellipsoid shape of an eye. The ritual then calls for the reading of prayers and repeating the four signs of the Cross; the drops of oil will not join in the water, but will disperse."

The possession of individuals by the devil and demonic powers and the cure in the name of Christ is evidenced in the New Testament (Acts 3:2-8, 9:32-42; 20:7-12; Matt. 10:8; Mark 16:17-18). The Church continues in its liturgical rites what Christ enacted in His ministry. The Church recognizes the influence of evil and renounces it in the name of Christ in prayers and fasting. The prayers of exorcism in the early Church were offered by special ministry through the exorcist. This is evidenced from the early prayers that have survived. From the fourth century onwards, the ministry of the exorcist has been fulfilled by the priest.
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I personally do not believe in the evil eye. It is just an overly popularized form of the blame game, so people can believe that nothing bad can happen in their life unless somebody else was the cause of it. ie. Oh My gardenia died after that woman told me how lovely it was, she must have given it the evil eye. (PS that is an actualy example from somebody I know in real life )

Also little blue beads, and blue eyes, are totally unacceptable. They look nice, but if you actually believe they ward off the evil eye well
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