Cheetah cubs learn to hunt by watching their mothers. But it is one thing to watch, it is another to actually make the chase and kill the prey. One of the most important ways that Cheetah cubs learn this vital skill is for their mothers to catch Gazelle fawns and then release them in the proximity of the cubs. What follows is a seemingly heartless game of chase and catch. The cubs have the speed to catch the fawns but at the age of this cub, they have rarely learnt how to make a fatal, suffocating bite to the throat. In this particular instance, three Cheetah cubs chased this bleating, terrified fawn back and forth across this flat stretch of savannah for the better part of 20 minutes before the Cheetah mother eventually put the fawn out of its misery. To humans, this behaviour might appear cruel but it is a vital part of a Cheetah cub’s training. Within 12-18 months, the mother Cheetah will have abandoned these cubs and without the necessary hunting skills, her offspring will have no chance of survival.
The belief in the ‘Evil Eye’ is present in many ancient cultures for millenia. Known as #nazar, the belief is that receiving the evil eye will cause misfortune. The remedy is the eye-shaped #amulet who is supposed to bend the malicious gaze back to the sorcerer.
Generally believed to be originally of Turkish origin, this #talisman is most frequently seen today in Turkey, Greece, Bulgaria, Southeastern Europe, Middle East, even southern Spain, and Mexico, found in/on houses and vehicles or worn as beads.
Recent evidence from archaeological sites in Bulgaria suggests that this particular kind of glass ‘evil eye’ charm may have its origins in the west up to Celtics, which may be possible since the Celts settled in the Balkans then, had also the establishment of Galatia in Turkey from 277 BC onwards.
Painted by artist Özcan Fahri, this piece was exhibited in Atelier Pervane's mixed painting exhibition held at Kozzy Avm in Istanbul.