The tradition of painting a pair of eyes on boats has existed for millennia and still remains strong. It serves various purposes:
- The eyes rebuff the Evil Eye
- They represent the protection of deities like Hours, Hathor, and primordial, all-seeing "Eye Goddesses."
- The eyes activate the boat so that it can "see" where it's going and "see" the fish.
- Eyes also invoke the power of Saint Lucy who, in addition to her Evil Eye fighting capacity, has a reputation of finding fish for the fishermen.