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enturies ago, people believed that a person's image in a mirror was actually a reflection of the person's soul (much like the way Native Americans felt that a photograph stole part of their soul and why they resisted being photographed). Further, this is why vampires can't see themselves in the mirror--they have no soul. Anyway, believing that their soul was in the mirror, breaking a mirror meant that a part of the soul would not be able to reunite with the body. Obviously, without a portion of the soul, a person would be in for some bad luck. The seven years thing comes from the Romans. They believed that a person's health and fortune changed every seven years.
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Ignorance of Phenomena As science now can explain these phenomena, superstition decreases. BTW, Ignorance is the mother of Superstitions, and Superstition is the m…other of religions.. Answer Falsely assuming a cause and effect. If you kick a goat on your way to school and get an F on your test, and it happens again, you might assume kicking goats is bad luck. But it's more likely that you weren't prepared for either of the tests. Superstitions basically start with cause and effect, or at least a perception of it. For example, you have a big soccer game, and just before the game you accidentally put your socks on inside out. One of your team mates tells you it is bad luck to take them off and put them on right so you leave them and you have a fantastic game. Your team wins and you score a goal as part of that win. There is a germ of an idea that one thing effected the other. The next game someone says something about your inside-out socks being lucky and sort of as a lark you put them on inside-out again. The game goes well, you score a goal and your team wins. The idea gets reinforced and it spreads a bit. By the third game a couple of your buddies have decides to wear their socks inside-out too and the winning streak continues. Now the idea is really spreading and being reinforced. Thereafter most of your team is wearing their socks inside-out and you are still winning games, until one day you think, "Heck, this is silly, I don't need to wear my socks inside-out to win." You don't wear the "lucky socks" and the law of averages catches up with you and the team looses. Everyone notices you didn't turn your socks inside-out and the team lost. There it is, the perception of cause and effect and the "superstition" is born. I'm betting the following game everybody is wearing their socks inside-out and if you should win, the superstition gets stronger.
It appears to be related to the Greek goddess Artemis, whose birthday was celebrated with moon-shaped honey cakes topped with candles. One possible reason is beca…use the ancient Greeks used to take cakes (round to represent the full moon) to the temple of their goddess of the moon, Artemis. The Greeks are said to have placed candles on the cake to make it look as if it was glowing like the moon Another explanation is the birthday cake started in Germany. Geburtstagorten was a type of cake that is said to have been used to celebrate birthdays.
To day we have access to all most every thing in hand since scientific tool is available. but the people in ancient days were fully dependent on nature and compelled to live o…n belief system. it originated superstitions.
Lots of superstitious people, when they spill salt, will take a pinch of it in their right hand and throw it backwards over their left shoulder. Superstition has… it that, at all times, a devil waits over your left shoulder, and also that spilling salt is bad luck (perhaps because it used to be rare and precious). Hence, you can mitigate your bad luck by throwing salt into the eyes of the devil. There's also a belief that your guardian angel (who can be found over your right shoulder) spills salt to warn you of evil nearby. Either you throw the salt to hurt the devil or, as salt was valuable, as an offering to placate him. Like lots of other superstitions in a Christianized culture, it has a Christianized explanation: spilling salt is bad luck, because Judas spilled salt at the Last Supper. This is somewhat equivalent to the Christianized explanation for not sitting down thirteen at the table, and almost certainly a red herring.
Answer . There is a superstition that carrying an acorn can give you long life, which started with the Druids.
If a black cat walks towards you, it brings good fortune, but if it walks away, it takes the good luck with it. Keep cats away from babies because they "suck the b…reath" of the child. A cat onboard a ship is considered to bring luck. These Superstitions? How is this an answer?
Those things which we now know and call superstitions originated first as beliefs often connected to a religion and were handed down by word of mouth and people that liv…ed during those times honestly and truly believed in the truth of them as much as we do with our own beliefs connected to our religions today one day some of these too may become merely superstitions.
If a bee enters your home, it's a sign that you will soon have a visitor. If you kill the bee, you will have bad luck, or the visitor will be unpleasant. A swarm of bees… settling on a roof is an omen that the house will burn down. This Superstition?
China. The word for 4 sounds just like the word for death.
To break a mirror will give you seven years bad luck. Some people once believed if harm befell the image in a mirror it would also harm the person. Magically mirrors are s…aid to reflect or re-direct negativity. Brides should not look at their own reflection in a mirror when trying on their wedding outfit (specifically if wearing the veil) as it will endanger the happiness of the marriage. Vampires are said not to throw a reflection in a mirror - no soul, no reflection. Mirror are covered in the house where there has been a death, so the soul is not trapped within, instead of going on to the next world.
This goes back to Victorian times in England when mirrors were very expensive to produce and were, therefore very expensive to buy. They were so expensive that only the riches…t people could afford to have them. In Victorian times these rich people tended to have servants and domestic staff to clean their houses, and their mirrors. Any breakages were deducted from the domestic staff's wages and since the domestic staff tended to be quite low paid it meant that if a mirror was broken it would take the member of staff about seven years to pay for it.
I believe it stems from the old belief that cats where witches familiars and so to harm one would annoy them. But another possible is that in a lot of old religions cats whe…re aspects of god/godesses (egypt basst, bastet i think), so harming one could literally bring down the wrath of a god
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it is said that on friday the 13th, if you see a black cat crossing the street, you will have bad luck. but some people belive thats real and others say it's superstition just… like friday the 13th!
I broke a mirror a few months ago and nothing too bad has happened, nothing that wouldn't usually happen. I was just sad because my grandma got it me and I liked it.
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Where this superstition originates is still under debate, but a popular belief is that it originated when Pope Gregory IX in the 13th century stated that cats are the evil ass…istants of the devil. This lead to cats being killed and burned, and to the association between witches and cats as well. A second belief is that it originated due to western culture idealizing the color white, and associating the color black with evil.
The expression "beginner's luck" has nothing to do with any known superstition. It is a term or turn of phrase that explains how a relative newcomer to any game of skill of… chance can at first try beat of out do people of experience and skill. Most often it is said with a certain amount of disdain by one of the more experienced and/or skilled people to explain the unlikelihood of their having been beaten.