World's Weirdest Superstitions

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Thumb Turning at the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

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Inside this Byzantine church turned mosque turned museum stands a bronze-plated column with a smooth, thumb-deep hole at about eye level. After rumors circulated that Emperor Justinian cured a troublesome headache after touching the column, it developed a reputation for healing powers. Folks wait for a chance to rotate their thumbs clockwise in a full circle in hopes of having their wishes granted. You might spy someone wearing a charm with concentric blue and white circles resembling an eye. The symbol is common throughout Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria; people hang them in homes and businesses or wear them as protection against the evil eye.

World's Weirdest Superstitions

Thumb Turning at the Hagia Sophia, Istanbul

Inside this Byzantine church turned mosque turned museum stands a bronze-plated column with a smooth, thumb-deep hole at about eye level. After rumors circulated that Emperor Justinian cured a troublesome headache after touching the column, it developed a reputation for healing powers. Folks wait for a chance to rotate their thumbs clockwise in a full circle in hopes of having their wishes granted. You might spy someone wearing a charm with concentric blue and white circles resembling an eye. The symbol is common throughout Turkey, Greece, and Bulgaria; people hang them in homes and businesses or wear them as protection against the evil eye.

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