Superstitions...... How Superticious are you?

September 7, 2008 10:57am CST
An irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome. It is a fear of the unknown or unpredictable Superstitious beliefs give us the illusion of control over events that we don't understand. With our superstitious beliefs and practices, we try to control things that aren't even known to be controllable. Four is an unlucky number in Japan, Korea, and Hawaii. The word for 4, shi, is homophonous with the word for death, although here to find a 4 leaf clover be considered as lucky (as child id spent AGES looking for one lol ) The number 13 is considered as unlucky to many.. eg Friday the 13th Many religious believers correctly see other religions as full of superstitions. The foundation of one religion is considered base superstition by another Religious superstitions give us the illusion of power over important life and death matters. All we need do is utter prayers, or chant, or dance with our feathers pointed in the right direction and we can overcome sickness and death, bring on good luck and ward off evil. We have invisible allies in the sky, the air, the earth. We can call on them when the going gets rough.. There is no logic in why we do certain things as scared to get bad luck.. eg Overturning the salt is very unlucky, but spilling the vinegar makes no difference. Why salt should be revengeful and vinegar forgiving has never been told. A black cat crosses your path is bad luck walking under a ladder is unlucky (we walk around ladder onto road and risk getting run over) To break a mirror gives 9 years bad luck To wear an opal is bad luck, but rubies bring health. How these stones affect the future, how they destroy causes and defeat effects, no one pretends to know. We will do one thing to overcome something else.. Because its the unknown and we are unsure if it will bring us bad luck.. eg walking under ladder you must walk back under ladder to undo the bad luck.. Spill salt will bring demon so to throw little over your shoulder it vanish, and so on. If something bad happens on friday 13th, we believe it wouldn't have happened if had been Friday 14th lol Many of these superstitions maybe come from our ancestors and get past on Do you have any superstitions? or maybe your family or someone you know? you know why you do what you do or avoid something?
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@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
8 Sep 08
Hi Karen How are U Nice discussion and u r right Fear of Unknow is ruling the World since Centruires, anything a human mind cant comprehend, they start fearing it. Well, i dont mind if black cat cross my car Or i dont mind if i have any event on 13 i dont mind if salt fell or mirror broken I believe that in life things happen and no day is bad, no event is worse. nothing bring bad luck, but sure its deeds of humans So its ok for me, u can invite me on dinner on Friday , 13. with black cat with u, and u can split salt ( sure on table not in my dish as then i might not be able to eat , not cause of superstition but due to taste) and i dont mind if broker mirror, LOL Take care
8 Sep 08
hello cupid.. Anything to do with unknown i am very interested in, it fascinates me Any of my superstitions come from my grandma but think most i have out grown now and not worry so much..We make our own luck in life but we can be quick to blame bad luck on something else.. come to dinner, i borrow next doors black cat but its a nasty thing so i think that could give you bad luck thanks for sharing and take care (think we should all wear something lucky for Wednesday for when that monster machine is fired up lol )
@cupid74 (11397)
• Pakistan
9 Sep 08
Hi Karen Thanks for the comments and liking it, and trust me at Dinner nasty cat cant be bad luck to me as good Luck charm would be with me and on Wednesday, i am sure nothing is going to happen. so just stay calm and pray to GOD Take care
9 Sep 08
hehe well as for Wednesday if you see this other clip, apparently, can switch it on and think see nothing happened.. 5 years later or longer, different story.. anyway you take care as for cat, well its evil, possessed by a demon lol was in my garden one time, went give it some food and the darn thing hissed and went to claw me Not go near that thing again, ungrateful cat lol
@hellcowboy (7383)
• United States
7 Sep 08
I have heard all the old superstitions like if a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck,or if you open an umbrella in the house you will have bad luck,or if you walk under a ladder you will have bad luck,I have never been a superstitious person and I do not think my fiance are my parents are either and it was not to long ago that I was walking through my parents house with an open umbrella and nothing bad has happened to me yet.
@kaguvkov (1041)
• Philippines
7 Sep 08
In short it didn't happen and superstitious belief are only false belief.
7 Sep 08
ofocurse nothing bad happen, and if did some would blame it on the fact they opened umbrella in house or something else..Many will avoid that in case something bad happen.. People are always more scared of the unknown. thanks for sharing
@shana123 (2096)
• India
8 Sep 08
The cat superstition is followed here in my place and then if we spill oil on fridays it is not good if the salt is spilt it is not good if we break mirror on fridays it is not good if we cut our nails on tuesdays and on fridays and after 6pm it is not good , if we dont wash our face and powder it before 6pm it brings bad luck to our home these are just few whatever i do my mom says something on the other lol..
9 Sep 08
wow, so its ok to break a mirror on monday? Dont you ever wonder why? like what is it about that particular day and breaking mirrors and so on.. Superstitions are strange, we do certain things but don't really understand why thanks for sharing and take care
@chinniR (661)
• India
7 Sep 08
hi mandykaren. i am superstitious to some extent. i have a watch which i feel is very lucky to me. i always wear it whenever i go out to something important. my work gets done too. generally when i go out, if i get any obstruction my mom asks me to sit down for a few minutes and asks to drink some water. apart from this she also follows certain other things. thanks for sharing.
8 Sep 08
yes a lucky watch or other peice of jewelery is a very good example of a superstition. You not like to take the chance to not wear in case.. My grandmother was very superstitious which is where i got some of mine from... Thanks for sharing and take care
@kaguvkov (1041)
• Philippines
7 Sep 08
I am not in so it in superstitious belief. I will based my belief only on scientific field which is much more credible that anything else. Superstitious are beliefs which is very hard to understand. It will need a lot of basis in making it clear to anybody.
8 Sep 08
maybe you do have at least one, just that maybe you not aware of it as it can get past on from family so just becomes a habit that you do.. Superstitions are the unknown, we not understand the reason behind any of them, but we will do it because we don't know if could come true or not. thanks for sharing and take care