Superstitions

Superstitions

A superstition is a belief or practice that usually arises out of ignorance, misunderstanding of science or work-cause (false attribution of reason), belief in fate or magic, perceived supernatural influence, or fear of the unknown.  This generally applies to beliefs and practices related to happiness, prophecy, and certain spiritual beings, particularly the belief that future events can be predicted by some (seemingly) unrelated past events.

       Here are some superstitions around the world:

       Black cats

       Black cats always got a bad rap for being loyal to witches, especially on Halloween.  Poor creatures are also discarded every day of the year, and it is a common superstition that a black cat crosses your path, which brings misfortune.  But you are not alone.  In South Korea, crows are considered ominous and perhaps even omen or death.  Crows can also predict disaster, especially in the UK.  There is an old British superstition that the six crows must always remain in the Tower of London or the crown will fall.  It is unfortunate to see a single magpie in Ireland and Scotland, but two or more are good.

       Nail biting at night

       Apparently cutting your fingers or toes after dark is unfortunate, at least according to superstition in Turkey, India and South Korea.  A Japanese superstition also claims that you may die prematurely.  Previously knives or other sharp cutting tools were used to cut long nails.  The darkness, sharp objects, and lack of medical access could have caused a fatal infection.

       Tuesday 13

       In Spain and Spanish-speaking countries, Tuesday is the 13th that bothers people.  Tuesday, Tuesday in Spanish, comes from Mars, the Roman god of war, and forever associates the day with violence, death and bloodshed.  Overall, Constantinople must have fallen on Tuesday during the Fourth Crusade.  And then Ottoman Turks would have claimed the city on Tuesday after more than 200 years.

       Pipes

       Well, not only whistle in general, but whistle in particular and in the sun in particular are misleading actions according to Russian and Norwegian superstitions.  The whistle is said to cause financial problems in Russia.  In Norway, whistling in the sun is thought to cause rain.

       Sit in the corner of a table

       According to Hungarian and Russian superstitions and certainly others, it is a misfortune to sit at the corner of the table.  Unhappy dinner will probably never get married.  Some people say that misfortune only lasts for seven years, but like most superstitions, why take the risk?

       Purse / wallet on the floor

       In addition to the possible filth, superstition in Central and South America, as well as some countries in the Philippines, states that leaving your purse or wallet on the floor will result in financial misfortune.  In other ominous superstitions, sitting directly on the cold floor may mean that, according to Russian myth, a woman never has children.

       Grill with water

       They want someone to die, toast them with water, at least according to German superstition.  The story is taken from a Greek myth in which the spirits of the dead drank the water of the river Lethe.  Lethe, the goddess and the river of oblivion, will make the soul forget its earthly past before going to hell.

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