In Greek culture, “Mati” is a protection against the evil eye and a lucky charm.
The evil eye is a popular belief in many cultures, that somebody can voluntarily or involuntarily bring illness and disgrace to another person by looking at them, usually brought on by envy. In some cultures, the belief is focused on children, where someone can inadvertently give a child the evil eye by complimenting them, as it draws in negative energy. In Greece, removing this negative energy is called “xematiasma”. It’s a little ceremony that involves a prayer, some olive oil and holy water. Evil eye is extremely popular in the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe.