Have you ever noticed the funny faces above doorways in Italy? Stroll the backstreets in any town and you will find one. I believe it has something to do with Apotropaic magic, a type of magic intended to ward off evil influences. The gargoyles on churches and castles are a good example. They were used to protect those inside from the "evil eye" by getting something even scarer to look back at it!
Some Romans also believed envy was thought to bring bad luck to the person being envied. So to avoid being envied by those who visited them, they would incite laughter in their guests by placing a funny face above their doorway.
I don't know if the funny faces found above doorways today have any connection to the old belief, or if they are just symbols of plain ol' Italian humor. Either way, they ward off my misgivings with a good belly laugh every time I see one!
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