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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.

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Q: What is the origin of spilling salt superstition?
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Is it bad luck when you throw salt over your shoulder?

Of course not. It's all superstition. In fact, according to the superstition, throwing salt over your shoulder counteracts other things that bring bad luck supposedly, like breaking a mirror or spilling salt.

What is the origin of salt over shoulder superstition?

It is believed the "devil" stands over the left shoulder of a person. As salt was once considered a symbol of wealth and prosperity, spilling it is thought of as wasteful and a means to tempt the "devil" into taking it from you. Throwing salt over your left shoulder is supposed to "blind the devil" into not seeing the opportunity to reduce your material wealth.

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Which shoulder do you throw salt after spilling it?


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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.

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What shoulder do you throw salt after spilling it?

the left shoulder

Why do you have to throw salt after spilling it and what would happen if you did not?

To throw salt over your shoulder has the same meaning as to say: " Bless You " after somebody has sneezed to ward off the evil spirits. Why...? because when somebody spills a salt (salt used to be considered highly valued commodity thus to waste salt was seen almost like a blasphemy) he/she is vulnerable to devil's machinations. :-))) superstition.... or???? :-)))

What is the origin of throwing salt over your shoulder?

The superstition of throwing salt over your (left) shoulder came about because people once believed the Devil stood behind your left shoulder waiting for you to make a mistake or to influence you into making a mistake. Spilling salt, which was once used as part of a Roman soldier's salary and hence as money was believed to not only be wasteful, but bad luck. Throwing some of the spilled salt over your left shoulder would be throwing it into the Devil's eyes, thus blinding him to your mistake.

If one is superstitious over which shoulder should one throw salt after spilling salt?

your left shoulder

Why is passing salt bad luck?

Passing salt was not bad luck. Spilling salt was bad luck because in Roman days, salt was very expensive.

When spilling salt what shoulder do you throw salt over?

It is believed the devil stands over your left shoulder and spilling salt is supposed to bring his attention to your "wastefulness" bringing bad luck. If this happens, you are instructed to throw the salt over your LEFT shoulder and "hopefully" into the devil's eyes, thus blinding him to your mistake.

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