eye-biters During the reign of queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603), an epidemic illness spread among cattle in Ireland which rendered them blind. Witches were accused of causing the blindness by malevolent spells. Many of the eye-biters, as the witches were called, were arrested, tried and executed. Eye-biting was considered an involuntary form of Evil Eye.

The Encyclopedia of Witches, Witchcraft and Wicca written by Rosemary Ellen Guiley – Copyright © 1989, 1999, 2008 by Visionary Living, Inc.

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