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Third Eye Symbol Meaning in Asian Cultures? Myths & Designs

If you have watched “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” you must note the third eye symbol in this movie.

The adorable eyes on rocks, on the forehead of Michelle Yeoh, and on the poster of this movie… They bring lives to everything! But what’s the real deal with the third eye symbol and its significance in Asian culture? Today, let’s explore the mystical legends surrounding this eye and the incredible art it has inspired!

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Third Eye Symbol in Hinduism and Buddhism

The third eye symbol is prevalent in both Hinduism and Buddhism, representing enlightenment.

In Indian tradition, it’s called the “Eye of Wisdom” (gyananakashu) and the location of the “Inner Guider” (antar-guru). Hindu and East Asian deities, such as Shiva and Buddha, often feature a third eye.

What does the third symbol eye mean in Buddhism
The Third Eye of Buddha

In Buddhism, the third eye is called the “White Spot.” Hindus believe that Shiva’s (the mighty god in Buddhism) third eye has the power to destroy the universe.

Third Eye Symbol in Chinese Taoism

In Taoism, the third eye is named the “heavenly eye” above the forehead. Taoists believe that opening this mystical portal can connect you with the universe and give you superpowers, like a superhero in a comic book. It’s like the “unlock all levels” cheat code for life.

God Erlang in the Chinese drama series Journey to the West
God Erlang in the Chinese drama series Journey to the West

According to Taoist texts, when you open this “doorway to enlightenment,” you can see the countless universe without leaving your house and understand the secret of the world without looking out a window (Sounds familiar, huh? It is the same as the plot of Everything Everywhere All at Once!).

Character IPs with the Third Eye Symbol

Because of cultural influences, the third eye symbol has been a source of inspiration for many Asian artists, who have beautifully incorporated three eyes into their creations. From traditional paintings to modern sculptures, the third eye symbol has found its place in art.


“One day in the future, astronomers unexpectedly discovered a magical planet called Trouble Planet that gave birth to a group of extraordinary creatures. These creatures include Runtu, a yellow meteor with a rabbit-like appearance; Fula, a mutated giant floral plant; Pawa, a pure energy body produced by the meteor explosion… All of these creatures from the planet have three eyes, a smile on their face, and possess all sorts of whimsical ideas.”


That is the story introduced by one of the hottest art IPs in China, “Trouble Planet.” Yan Cheng, the creator of this IP, tried to contribute an insight: even in the face of hardships, one can face them with optimism. These smiling faces with dents on these whimsical creatures’ heads represent that even after experiencing various “bumps” in life, they could still smile to life.

Yan Cheng named the third eye as the “mind’s eye,” reminding people to explore the truth of life.

Three-Eyed Mickey

In 2011, Hong Kong fashion brand CLOT and Disney teamed up to launch a concept store in Taiwan. To celebrate the grand opening, they held the Travelling Mickey charity art exhibition, featuring ten renowned artists from around the world. These artists injected their unique creativity and craftsmanship into classic Mickey sculptures, each showcasing their own unique style and technique.

In collaboration with Disney and toy manufacturer MINDstyle, CLOT launched a  3-eyed Mickey sculpture toy, leaving fans awestruck. This design is to honor the anime film “Chicken Little.”

Three-Eyed Mickey in Ever-Curious Exhibition by CLOT & Disney
Three-Eyed Mickey in Ever-Curious Exhibition by CLOT & Disney

In 2023, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the brand, CLOT has remastered several iconic works from over the years, including the 3-Eyed Mickey series.

3x3 Eyes

“3×3 Eyes” is a legendary manga series and the masterpiece of Japanese manga artist Yuzo Takada, serialized from 1987 to 2002 for a total of 40 volumes.

The story revolves around the mythical Three-Eyed Clan, a race of creatures that embody the desire for immortality. Set on Earth, a sacred land, and in alternate dimensions, the series is a fantastical adventure following the journey of a young boy and girl with elements of mythology intertwined.

The Main Character Pai in 3x3 Eyes
The Main Character "Pai" in 3x3 Eyes

Fashion Designs with the Third Eye Symbol

In addition to character creation, the third eye is also common in fashion designs. If you want to try a whimsical look with a cool third eye symbol, the examples below will be a good inspiration.


The Logo of Devil Nut

DEVIL NUT is a UK streetwear brand founded in 2006 and later acquired by a Hong Kong department company. The brand takes its name from the “Devil Fruit” in “One Piece,” representing the values of “partnership” and “dream.”

Their mascot is a sharp-toothed little devil with three eyes. It appears in almost all designs of their clothing, exuding a unique, rebellious, and dark fashion taste.

Gucci Fall 2018 Collection Show

In 2018, Gucci sent a quirky fashion show to Milan Fashion Week by unleashing models with three eyes on the runway. The brain behind this was Alessandro Michele, who incorporated a freaky yet fashionable element in the Fall 2018 collection.

Gucci Fall 2018 Collection 1
Gucci Fall 2018 Collection 3
Two Looks of Gucci’s Fall 2018 Collection, Resource: Vogue

The models sported beautiful clothes, but the real attention-grabbers were the extra eyes on their heads and hands, as well as purses shaped like their heads. The fashion show was staged in an old operating theater, adding to the eerie atmosphere.

Fortunately, it was all just fantastic makeup artistry. It might be an excellent Halloween idea for those into weirdcore aesthetics.

Coco and Breezy Third-Eye Sunglasses

The third eye sunglasses trend has its roots in Prince’s iconic fashion. The late musician was known for his unique style and bold fashion choices, and one of his signature looks was a pair of sunglasses with a third eye in the center.

The brand behind these distinctive shades was Coco and Breezy, founded by twin sisters Corianna and Brianna Dotson in 2009. Thanks to Prince, the sisters’ designs have quickly caught the attention of celebrities and fashion influencers since 2015.

Prince with the Cool Third Eye Sunglasses
Prince with the Cool Third Eye Sunglasses, Source: Getty Images

Green Aliens in the Toy Story

The famous characters from the Disney Pixar Toy Story franchise, Aliens, are also three-eyed creatures. They come from the planet Pizza and quickly gained immense popularity in Asia, with collaborations with brands like Miniso and Li Ning.

The Toys of Aliens, brand: Miniso
The Toys of Aliens, brand: Miniso
The Shoes of Aliens, brand: Li Ning
The Shoes of Aliens, brand: Li Ning
Gold Jewelry of Aliens, brand: Zhou Da Fu
Gold Jewelry of Aliens, brand: Zhou Da Fu

These products are particularly appealing to Gen Z consumers, especially girls. The Aliens printed blind boxes, shopping bags, and fragrant sachets are also top-selling products for Asian girls.


In conclusion, the third eye symbol has a rich and diverse history across different cultures, from its origins in Hinduism and Buddhism to its presence in Chinese Taoism. It has been interpreted in various ways, from representing spiritual awakening and power to destroy the universe.

In art and fashion, the third eye has become a popular and recognizable design element, with many designers incorporating it into their creations. Its presence in various cultures and art forms only adds to the third eye’s allure.

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