Belief in the evil eye is strongest in the Middle East, Asia and Europe. In some areas where light-colored eyes are relatively rare, people with blue eyes are feared to possess the power to bestow the curse, intentionally or not. Belief in the evil eye features in Islamic folk religion and Jewish folklore. In Latin, the evil eye was fascinum, the origin of the English word "to fascinate". The evil eye belief spread to northern Europe, especially the Celtic regions.