ApotropeFact|date=September 2008 (adj.: apotropaic) refers to objects such as
amulets and talismans or other symbols intended to "ward off evil" or "avert or combat evil."
The word is of Greek origin (Polytonic|αποτρέπω) and literally means "turning away" which was seen in the
apotropaic eye, an exaggerated eye painted on drinking vessels in the 6th century BCto ward away spirits while drinking. Curiously, eyes were often painted to ward off the evil eye. The word is also used in vampire fictionand folklorein reference to symbols such as crucifixes, the Holy Sacraments, silver bullets, wild roses and garlicthat can ward away or destroy vampires. The Yiddish expression, "Kain ein horeh" (Hebrew|קיין עין הרע) is apotropaic in nature, and literally translates to "no evil eye," somewhat equivalent to the expression, "Knock on wood."
Because of the shared meaning, an "apotropaic amulet" would be redundant; rather, an apotropaic symbol can be an amulet.
*JN Adams " [http://books.google.com/books?hl=en&lr=&id=GDP9VHGbF1AC The Latin Sexual Vocabulary] " 1990 (see "Apotropaic and ritual obscenity" pp.4-7)
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