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‘Sanpaku eyes’ trends following renowned youngsters’ deaths- here’s what you need to know about ‘Sanpaku’

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Following the death of Kenyan youngsters who had a reputation, most netizens took to X and revived the term ‘Sanpaku’ in relation to the latter. Have you heard the term “Sanpaku eyes” trending lately? Well, the term refers to the appearance of having a lot of white showing around the iris of the eye. But what does it really mean?

Sanpaku: A Superstition, Not Science

Sanpaku comes from Japan and literally translates to “three whites.” It’s a folk belief, not backed by science, that suggests the amount of white showing in your eyes can predict your fate. This superstition gained some popularity in the West during the 1960s.

In the world of medicine, the white part of your eye is called the sclera. When more sclera is visible than usual, it’s called a scleral show. This can be a normal cosmetic feature or happen after certain eye surgeries.

Look careful; the world is out to get you if you can see white at the base of your eyes. It is said that having this condition indicates that you are in danger from the outside world.


Whites above the eyes are said to indicate that the inner world is a threat to you, meaning that you are unable to control your emotions, which causes you to do horrible, terrible things. Whites below the eyes are said to indicate that the outside world is a threat to you.


If you believe in spoked, it’s best to keep in mind that it’s a superstition based on notions that have been sampled over time rather than anything that has been scientifically established. However, there are numerous other superstitions to be aware of.

Looking at Eyes vs. Looking at Facts

There’s no scientific evidence to support the idea that Sanpaku eyes predict anything about your health or personality. While it’s interesting to explore cultural beliefs, it’s important to remember they’re not grounded in science.

Trust your doctor for information about your health, and don’t worry about what your eyes might supposedly be saying about your fate. There are many superstitions out there, but Sanpaku eyes are just one – and it’s best to focus on facts, not folklore.

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