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Salt over the shoulder?

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08/18/2009

The superstition of Throwing salt over your left shoulder after spilling some applies to, apparently a devil is sitting on your left shoulder, and the force of the tiny salt particles knocks him off and he lands in a little heap on the floor. Then you should stamp on him.

Do not throw it over your right shoulder as this is where your guardian angel is supposed to sit.

This superstition is believed to come from the middle ages.