10 Common superstitions from around the World
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1.Black cat crossing One’s path
One of the most believed Superstition world wide. Here are some of the beliefs regarding black cat:
- It’s bad luck when a black cat crosses the path. To fend away bad luck, it is said that you must walk 10 steps backward and turn around three times.
- In Germany, if the black cat crosses path right to left, then it is bad luck.
- If a black cat walk towards someone, then it is good luck, according to the beliefs of the 19th century pirates.
- Gamblers believe that if a black cat crosses their path while going to play then luck would not favor them.
- When driving if a black cat crosses it is believed that one should turn around and go back to avoid ill or bad luck.
- In western and southern Europe, black cat crossing one`s path is bound to bring misfortune.
2.Bird Flying into your house
There are a number of variations of this superstition. Some believe that if a bird flies into your house it is bringing important news.
- If the bird is white then the news will be good, but if it is black then it will be bad and this could mean the death of a family member.
- Another version of this superstition is that if a bird taps on your window or accidentally hits your window that too means an imminent death in the house.
The actress Lucille Ball was so frightened of birds in the house that she refused to stay in hotels that displayed pictures of birds and tore down some very expensive Japanese silk wallpaper from her house when it became apparent that birds were incorporated into the design. She dates her fear of birds to the day her father died shortly after a bird flew into the family home.
3.Leaving Scissors open
As Scissors are sharp and can cut, there are many definite, if uncommon, superstitions that relate to scissors and their use.
- It is often believed in Egypt and other Arabian and Middle East countries that if you open scissors and close them again without cutting anything means something bad will happen that may cause separation between close family members.
- A native African superstition states that opening and closing a pair of scissors during a wedding ceremony would cause the groom to become impotent.
Dreaming of scissors has its hidden meaning too. If you see or work with scissors in a dream, it is a warning to not interfere in arguments between others – they will both turn on you. To dream of broken scissors, on the other hand, is a good omen, signifying that you will have success and good luck in business.
4. Shoes on the table
There is a superstition that bad luck will come to a person who places shoes on a table.
It may have something to do with death, and the idea of placing a new pair of shoes on the table would signify that someone had just died, or you would have bad luck for the rest of the day, quarrel with someone or lose your job.
The origins of this one aren’t clear, but perhaps it had something to do with the idea that shoes are unhygienic and, therefore, shouldn’t be put anywhere near where you eat. Some people also throw a shoe after a person when they leave home in order to give them good luck.
5. Itchy palms
There’s an old superstition that when your palms itch it means money.
An itching left palm means money to be paid out, while an itching right palm is money coming in. To stop the left palm from itching, the superstition says to rub the palm on a piece of wood.
6. Crossing fingers
Crossing two fingers (the middle and index finger) is a very common superstition.? It is mainly done to ensure good luck and prosperity or to give courage and support to yourself or another individual. For triple good luck some people cross not only their fingers, but their arms and legs at the same time.
7. Trimming nails at night
Japanese superstitions suggests that you should not clip your nails at night , Because if you do, you won’t be with your parents when they die.
cutting your nails at night, you’re shortening your life, thus probably dying before your parents. Yikes! Another take on “shortening your life,” suggests that clipping your nails at night summons death itself.
8. Spilling salt
As superstitions tend to do, the spilled salt superstition grew and evolved over centuries, with different cultures assigning different meanings.
If you spill salt, here are some of the things that might happen:
- A big fight and the end of a friendship
- Bad luck for the person toward which the salt was spilled
- The devil is invited in to perform evil deeds
9. Breaking the Mirror
The idea that broken mirrors can bring bad luck most likely stems from the ancient Greeks, who believed spirits lived in reflective pools of water.
Regardless of the way it started, the notion that breaking a mirror brings bad luck is prevalent in cultures around the world, ranging from Greek and Chinese to Indian and American. Whether you subscribe to the superstition or not, breaking a mirror is bad news — if only because of the mess it creates.
10. Friday the 13th
Friday the 13th is considered an unlucky day in Western superstition. It occurs when the 13th day of the month in the Gregorian calendar falls on a Friday, which happens at least once every year but can occur up to three times in the same year – for example, in 2015, the 13th fell on a Friday in February, March, and November. 2017 through 2020 will all have two Friday the 13ths, and the years 2021 and 2022 will have just one occurrence each.
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