The evil eye is said to be a curse put on a person, livestock or crops by someone who is said to have the "evil eye". In areas that are dependent on farming for sustenance, getting a curse can mean famine, starvation and death. So the evil eye is taken very seriously. The curse can be put on someone merely by looking jealously at the victim. In some Mediterranean countries it is believed that some people deliberately cast "the eye" on others just to wish them harm.