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What is the origin of the superstition in Britain that touching wood is lucky?

Suman Nanda
Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:25
Touching wood is probably one of the most commonly held beliefs to have existed all through the years. The idea behind the superstition that touching wood is lucky is more accurate that, touching or knocking on a piece of wood seals up a lucky thing or one’s own luck. This superstition is known to have more than one origin and is a subject of debate.Mythological MentionsOne of the explanations about its origin could be the age-old Pagan belief that trees were the homes of spirits, dryads, fairies and such other mystical creatures. A person in order to ask for a good ... Read More

What is the superstition about, stepping on a crack will lead to breaking mother’s back?

Suman Nanda
Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:25
This is one of the negative superstitions which are still prevalent to this day. As the stories go, the origin of this was in a very dark time in our history. It was at a time when racism was at its peak throughout the world. Black men and women were tortured and killed on a daily basis without any law prohibiting it. This is why most people who know the origin of this superstition try to avoid speaking about it.Origin of SuperstitionThis superstition did not start like this, it used to be something like “step on a crack and your ... Read More

Is spilling salt believed to be a bad omen and bring bad luck?

Suman Nanda
Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:25
Spilling salt brings bad luck. It is one of those very common superstitions that we learn about when we’re kids and then propagate it once our next generation comes along. There are a few known origins of this superstition, and two of those origins are famous.Origin of the MythThe first origin comes from centuries ago. It was a time when salt used to be very costly. It was more valuable than other spices available at that time. So spilling even a little bit of salt was a big wastage of money. Wasting money was considered very bad luck in that ... Read More

What is the origin of superstition in Britain that seeing a hearse is the sign of imminent death?

Suman Nanda
Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:25
Born centuries ago, this is a superstition that reeks of the fear of fate. We all know that we are going to die someday, but we keep that truth hidden deep within our hearts. We spend each day of our lives doing what we can to live happily. But a hearse is a reminder that all our days are numbered. This is why seeing a hearse is considered to be very bad luck. Most superstitions are born in the same way; we always connect luck with things that affect our subconscious minds.Origin of the MythIn the olden days when a ... Read More

What is the number 7 considered to be lucky in Britain?

Suman Nanda
Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:25
This is a superstition which has been known to man since prehistoric times. It is very common and is followed throughout every corner of the globe. The number 7 is something which is woven into our history and throughout our illustrious past, we can find many instances of this number popping up.The number 7 is so significant because in some form or another it is linked to our day to day lives. Read on to find why number 7 is one of the most beloved integers and why it is considered lucky.Biblical OriginsThe story starts from Bible and the Book ... Read More

Why do the people of Britain believe in the superstition that Friday, the 13th is unlucky?

Suman Nanda
Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:25
All the ominous concepts surrounding Friday the 13th has become more than popular not only in Britain and the western countries but all over the world. Where did such a belief originate from that a particular date and day of the week are to be considered unlucky. Let's see the reason behind it:Origin of SuperstitionThis common belief is known to have its origin in western superstition itself. Friday the 13th specifically refers to that occurrence when the 13th day of a month falls on a Friday to the Georgian calendar. This is supposed to happen at least once in a ... Read More

What is the origin of the superstition that opening an umbrella indoors will bring bad luck?

Suman Nanda
Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:25
The superstition that opening an umbrella indoors will bring bad luck has been going on for centuries. Finding the exact origin of a superstition is not really easy because people start believing them from their childhood and no one really asks where it came from. Still, if you are interested in knowing where this superstition originated then read on.The OriginThe origin of the umbrella superstition is disputed, there are many known instances of its birth, but only two of these origin-stories have got some validity. Both of these origins are supported by a number of historical facts and evidence. However, ... Read More

What is the origin of superstition in Britain that finding a penny on the floor is a lucky sign?

Suman Nanda
Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:25
Luck is a strange thing that we believe in. Its existence is completely abstract but we can feel it working around us every day. So, it is natural that a number of superstitions are based on this construct of luck. One very prominent superstition among those is that finding a penny on the floor is a lucky sign. People from many countries believe in this superstition and its origin can be traced back to a few different stories.Origin of the SuperstitionThe first known origin came from the fact that centuries ago, people used to believe that metal was a gift ... Read More

What is the origin of superstition in Britain that burning ears mean you are being talked about?

Suman Nanda
Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:25
As superstitions go, this is one which is followed almost in every country of the world. This superstition states that if anyone of your ears is burning or itching then someone is talking about you behind your back. Again, as with almost all superstitions, the origin of this one is also disputed by many, but still, the majority agrees about one origin.Old Roman SayingIn the old Roman Empire, there was a saying that if your ears are itching then someone is talking about you in your absence. That is thought to be the root of this superstition. Even in the ... Read More

Why is a black cat crossing your path while going out consider as a bad sign?

Suman Nanda
Updated on 30-Jul-2019 22:30:25
Black cats have been popular in folklore. How different myths treat them, varies from culture to culture. What is the origin of such a superstition that a black cat is a bad omen and if it happens to cross your path, you are going to having a bad day?Western MythsWestern myths look upon black cats as the bearers of bad will and as symbols of evil omens. Black cats are often taken as the equivalent of evil witches practicing malicious black magic. This again originates from the belief that witches were shapeshifters and that they often assumed the shape of black ... Read More
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