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Sanpaku eyes' meaning explored as TikTok 'curse' theory goes viral

Olivia Olphin September 24, 2021
Sanpaku eyes' meaning explored as TikTok 'curse' theory goes viral

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The term ‘sanpaku eyes’ is currently trending on TikTok alongside a wild Japanese superstition about this eye shape. We take a closer look at this theory and the TikTok trend, as well as answering the questions: What is the meaning behind sanpaku eyes, and why do people think there is a curse?

What does ‘sanpaku eyes’ mean?

Sanpaku eyes indicate eyes where the white part of the eye, the sclera, is visible in three places. The term ‘sanpaku’ comes from Japanese and roughly translates to ‘three whites’.

There are two types of sanpaku eyes, yang sanpaku, which refers to where the white above the iris is visible, and yin sanpaku, where the white below the iris is visible.

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What is the TikTok sanpaku eye curse theory?

One user took to TikTok to share her theory about a sanpaku eyes curse. She detailed that celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe, Princess Diana and Michael Jackson all had yin Sanpaku eyes and they all died young.

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The superstition suggests that if you have yang sanpaku eyes you are more likely to experience dangers from within, while those with yin sanpaku eyes are more likely to experience external dangers.

Some fans have pointed out that Billie Eilish has yin sanpaku eyes and are worrying for their favourite singer.

However, this wild and outlandish theory has not been proven and many TikTok users are now posting about loving their own sanpaku eyes.

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People take to Twitter after discovering they have sanpaku eyes

Many people discovered that they do in fact have sanpaku eyes after seeing these TikTok videos online. While some are worried about what this means for their life, many just think that having sanpaku eyes is beautiful.

Check out some of the best sanpaku eye TikTok’s here.

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Olivia Olphin is an English Literature graduate and a film and literature fanatic. She has many years of reviewing experience, recently working as accredited press for the London Film Festival. She has also written widely about culture and sex education, as well as LGBTQ+ and women's issues.