Sanpaku's eyes: the superstition behind the gaze

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Have you ever heard of Sanpaku's eyes? Sanpaku (三白) or Sanpaku gan (三白眼) are Japanese terms meaning “three whites”. This expression applies to those people where the white of the eye can be seen at the top or bottom of the iris even if the person is staring straight ahead.

The person can have both eyes with this characteristic or in just one of them. Apparently it's just a normal feature of someone, but for the Japanese there's a lot of superstition aimed at Sanpaku's eye.

And for them to have eyes like that can negatively interfere in the person's destiny. This is also believed to demonstrate a certain physical and mental imbalance to traditional Japanese medicine. Although they can affect the behavior and personality of who has the Sanpaku eye.

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Curious to learn more about this superstition? What if you have Sanpaku eye? Let's see more details!

Olhos de sanpaku: a superstição por trás do olhar

Theory around Sanpaku

In 1965, Ohsawa published the book entitled ''You are all Sanpaku''. But it was in the nineties that people came to know about the subject. 

George Ohsawa became popular for talking about macrobiotics and the expression Sanpaku in the West. For those with this condition, he recommended diets rich in whole grains, vegetables and dried fruits to lessen the effects. 

These guidelines were given because it is believed that those who have Sanpaku's eyes are more likely to get sick and suffer fatal accidents. 

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According to Brian Ashcraft, when a person gets old or sick, the iris starts to rise and the lower part of the eye becomes more evident. So this is indicative that something in the person is not quite psychological or physical. 

Olhos de sanpaku: a superstição por trás do olhar

Types of Sanpaku Eyes

Now let's see the main types of Sanpaku:

Sanpaku Yin

Sanpaku Yin: this is when the lower part of the eye called the sclera is most evident. Beliefs show that people with this kind of gaze show that the outside world poses some risk to her. 

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Those kinds of risks are some tragic death. Some examples of well-known people who had this characteristic were Princess Diana, Abraham Lincoln, John F. Kennedy (JFK), James Dean, and John Lennon.

John Lennon (who was murdered by a fan) spoke of the Sanpaku eye in one of his songs, Aisumasen. The artist died a tragic death, as well as others who also have a sanpaku eye: Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn, Elvis Presley, Indira Gandhi, Jim Morrison, Michael Jackson, among others.

Sanpaku means ''outside world'', according to superstition that something bad can happen to that person. 

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Sanpaku Yang

Sanpaku Yang: when the upper part of the eye (sclera) is more evident. 

According to superstition these people have explosive behavior and violent tendencies. They are more prone to causing barbarities with other people.

An example that applies to this case is Charles Manson. This American criminal was known for his murders and for having created his sect called the ''Manson Family''. His followers also committed murders under his leadership.

Sanpaku Yang means ''inner world'', this person can end up doing harm to others according to superstition.

Olhos de sanpaku: a superstição por trás do olhar

Sanpaku for Japanese

Sanpaku eyes are present in anime if you've stopped to watch most of them have the lower part with the most evident sclera or just a little black ball in the middle with all the rest white. Some examples are the characters Naruto and Saitama from One Punch Man.

For some Japanese, having eyes like that are even charming for both men and women. There are even personality traits that are attributed to those who have this look. 

These are characteristics: people with attitude, well-focused people, able to position themselves in difficult situations, have a connection with spirituality, have a calmer side, calmer personality and people who care about their own appearance.

There are even doctors in Japan who perform surgery to make Sanpaku's eyes. 

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Olhos de sanpaku: a superstição por trás do olhar

Superstition is different from proof!

If you just found out what Sanpaku is, you ran to the mirror to see if your eye, you were not the only one. Probably if your eye is not you felt relieved and realized that your eye is Sanpaku hit that worry. But don't worry about it.

This is just one of several other superstitions that exist and that has no scientific proof really, good and bad things happen to many people every day and with any characteristic of eye.

For example, the macrobiotic that indicated the diet said that it would help the person not to be prone to accidents, but in fact a good diet helps us to have a healthy life, but it does not prevent the unforeseen events that may occur.

This superstition not even in Japan where it started has been taken seriously! In fact, those who have this characteristic in Japan are considered well Kawaii (可愛い), meaning literally pretty cute.

Also remembering that to see if you have Sanpaku eyes you have to stare straight ahead to see if the iris meets the eyes perfectly or not.

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If you have Sanpaku eyes don't give importance to these superstitions that make no sense at all, have it as an individual characteristic of yours that makes you unique and more beautiful or beautiful.  

And then what do you think of this particularity? Do you find it cute, bizarre or a feature like any other?