10 Interesting Origins Of Superstitions
Superstition is a term for any belief or practice that is considered irrational: for example, if it arises from ignorance, a misunderstanding of science or causality, a positive belief in fate or magic, or fear of that which is unknown. These are the most bizarre origins of superstitions!
The biggest of every living person is breaking a mirror. It has been believed for a long time that breaking a mirror brings 7 years of bad luck. The origin of the superstition can be traced back at least as far as ancient Greece and it was believed the mirror contains a part of the soul.
#9 Coins in fountains
The custom of throwing a coin into a fountain actually originates before the inventions of fountains. This comes from a time from an early European tribe considered finding a clean water was a gift from God. So it was a custom for them to return with a gift for the clean water, so they throw coins in the water as a gift for the Gods.
If you need to use an umbrella outside you’re already out of luck, but the superstition about opening an umbrella inside has nothing to do with rain. In ancient Egypt umbrellas were designed to protect the people from the sun. The shades of umbrellas were made only for the royalty. Those who touched umbrellas without having a royal blood were considered unlucky and using an umbrella inside was considered an insult.
#7 Bless you!
In the majority of the English speaking countries is customary to say ‘ God bless you’ after someone sneezes and that fraze has a religious origin. During the 6th century AD, the first symptoms of the plague were sneezing so Pope Gregory VIII wanted the responses to sneezing to be changed to ‘May you enjoy good health’ to ‘God bless you’.
#6 Number 13
Fear of the number 13 it’s so widespread that has earned his own nickname and it’s Triskaidekaphobia. The origin goes back to Norse mythology when 12 Gods were invited to dine at Valhalla. Naturally, this dinner was crushed by the God Loki. The Gods tried to throw Loki out and in this chaos dies the Baldr, the God of light. So the blame was on Loki, the 13th guest of the dinner.
#5 Finger crossed
No one can say for sure the exact origin about why people are crossing their fingers for luck. It is believed that people were crossing their fingers as a cross so the spirits could bring them luck.
#4 Wedding traditions
In any country, and in any culture the place to find any random superstitions is wedding ceremonies. In Christian ceremonies, the bride needs to stand on the left. Similarly, the term ‘best man’ comes from the 16th century when the groom kept the best swordsmen close to keep his bride from kidnappers.
From all the superstition that we mentioned, not walking under a ladder is the most understandable. That’s because the people on the ladder can drop things and also ladders can fall. But, the superstition about walking under a ladder comes from ancient Egypt. Before Christianity, ancient Egyptians were protected by the Trinity. The trinity was represented by a triangle, so when a ladder was placed on the wall it formed a shape of a triangle, so walking under it was bad luck.
#2 Rabbit’s foot
No one really knows, but having a single rabbit’s foot will bring you good luck. Some people believe that this comes from even pre-Keltic hunting clans. These clans were teaching their kids how to become a man by sending them to hunt a rabbit. So when a boy made his first hunt they allowed him to keep a rabbit’s foot for luck.
This superstition grew in the early 17th century when King Charles’s black cat died. When his cat died Charles said that he lost his luck. The very next day he was arrested. Also, there are some superstitions that cats are unlucky as they are associated with witches.
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