Do you believe in superstitions

@j47lee (742)
Canada
December 8, 2008 12:50pm CST
Do you believe in superstitions like .. Western culture ---- Do not walk under a ladder Unlucky to spill salt..so u have to throw salt over ur shoulders to counteract the bad luck. No 13 is bad luck Add more if u know of any Indian culture- Might have an accident, if a black cat crosses before ur car. If a eunuch curses u, it comes true. so never make a eunuch angry. Chinese culture When u pregnant, dont move things around in the house, otherwise the baby may have some birth mark on his body. No 4 is not a good number, as wen u pronounce it in chinese it means death.
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@vjayrao06 (107)
• India
9 Dec 08
Let us see what the Oxford English dictionary tells us is the meaning of this word.1.credulity re:the supernatural.2.an irrational fear of the unknown.3.misdirected reverence.4.a practice,opinion,or religion based on these tendencies.5.a widely held but unjustified idea. I may add a few superstions widely held in my country. One such is a sneeze.If you hear somebody sneeze just before u start something, don't start because it is a bad omen (sneeze).Almanacs are consulted to decide the time to start any important or auspicious work.Even official functions are held in this way.Lord Ganesha is to be propitiated first so that the work is completed without any hindrance.Some days are considered auspicious for some particular tasks, some are not.Superstitions are so varied and touching almost every aspect of our lives---right from geting up from your sleep in the morning to going to bed at night.Whose face you see first thing in the morning, who comes from the opposite direction when you get out of your home,does somebody calls you from behind when you are going on an important job.Three people must not not go together on anywork because "Teen tigada kaam bigada"If you challenge any of this belief, you will be tole what happened to somebody for not believing it. i for one agree with what the dictionary above has said and try consciously to ignore such superstitions.
@toxicMDR (153)
• Romania
9 Dec 08
superstitions are just the fear of nothing, i`m not superstitious, but i love when my friends do things like walking back 2 meters when they see a cat or worry when they break a mirror, just makes my day :)
@Ithink (10495)
• United States
9 Dec 08
I would add on if I really knew any superstitions, however I dont really know any as I have never paid them any mind. In fact my husband and I got married on Friday the 13th. We have been together almost 27 years and in April will be married 25. So no bad luck there!
9 Dec 08
Hi, I would like to think of myself as a logical person, of average intelligence, yet I still adhere to some of these 'silly' superstitions, but not others?! I don't mind walking under ladders (apparently if you walk under a ladder you break the triangle formed between the ladder, floor and wall, which represents the triangle of the holy trinity, and seeing as I am not in the least religious, I don't mind breaking the holy trinity), Yet I salute Magpies! I also pick up pennies as when I was a kid I heard that the rhyme went, "see a penny pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck, see a penny let it lie, before the end of the day you'll surely die". Now I don not believe that I will die as a result of not picking a penny up, but some niggling thing in my head makes me think 'bad luck ' might come if I don't! I undersatand it's illogical and silly, but hey it's not hurting anyone right?
@youless (94361)
• Guangzhou, China
9 Dec 08
I don't believe in the superstitions at all. I believe in science. I know sometimes something can not be explained by the science. But that's because we haven't found out the truth yet. Such as one thousand years ago, people will not believe they can fly. I love China
• India
9 Dec 08
hai buddy iam non superstitious believer because i do consider number 13 as my lucky number as it is called as bakers no i also act in things that oppose the superstion as i am now and will be for ever see you
• India
9 Dec 08
I would rather say that I believed in superstitions, but not any more. You have listed two common Indian superstitions yet, I have overcome both of them because of my husband. It is a common tradition that whenever a baby is born, eunuchs will visit that house, bless the baby and take hefty amount for this. After my son was born, we were staying at my mom’s place where the eunuchs visited and accordingly, we paid them whatever they wanted. Now, after I went back to my in-laws another set of eunuchs visited us and demanded money. My husband just refused to pay them and no amount of cursing from their side could change his mind. However, we have not had any major bad luck immediately after. Regarding cats, yes I used to believe in that too and everytime a cat crossed the road (black or otherwise) my husband would go ahead and cross it first to ‘save’ me. One day I just thought that if indeed cats crossing roads are bad omens, then I am actually putting my husband into danger, which is extremely selfish of me. From that day onwards, I don’t hesitate to cross the roads even if a cat has crossed it just before me.
@dearlot (175)
• Brunei Darussalam
9 Dec 08
not really i just dont think about it.. i mean its just precaution
• India
8 Dec 08
I will add to your superstition list:-(anyway they dont affect me :-) "If you are getting hiccups then some loved one is remembering you"(this one is crazy..hahaha) "if you have spilled milk ,something bad is going to happen to you" "watching a single bird, will bring havoc in your love life"
@EAStanley (2689)
• United States
8 Dec 08
I don't like to think of myself as superstitious. But sometimes I find myself avoiding such unlucky things anyway. I think that maybe you can't help it. Even if you don't really believe it, it's just such a part of popular culture. So, I don't really believe, but I probably sometimes behave as if I believe anyway sometimes. ;)
@rick_d (213)
• United States
8 Dec 08
I'm not superstitious but I do find myself going around instead of under a ladder. I think we have heard some superstitions enough that it just becomes a habit or something we do or don't do ,not noticing.I grew up in a large family and my mother was always trying to keep us kids out of the way while cooking dinner.as a kid would swipe a potato and eat it raw , I loved them.to stop me from doing this she started telling me that I would get worms from eating raw potatoes.This sounds dumb but even after learning the truth, to this day I still won't eat raw potato dumb huh but it became something I didn't do.as far as the #13 it seems to be a lucky number for me.(not just dumb but odd to huh)
• India
8 Dec 08
You have a pretty good collection of superstitions. There is certainly some reason for these superstitions to come into existence. But as the time flies and we advance the reasons get outdated but the superstitions remain to haunt our everyday life. I don't know the origination of these superstitions but I believe that many of us show no intellectual ability while dealing with these superstitions. All our reasoning and logic comes to a stand still when confronted with these. There are some superstitions which have a scientific explanation and theory behind. These can be accepted wholehearted and others for the sake of keeping our elderly relatives happy and contented with us. Believing in superstitions is left to us. No one can force us to do so. I think the number 21 is lucky for me. You might have guessed right. I was born on that day. See there is no age old superstiton of this number but I think it is lucky for me. And it magically keeps showing time and again, and I am just happy like I always become when it comes.