Why is it bad luck to kill a spider?r

@pyewacket (43953)
United States
April 7, 2007 11:13pm CST
Okay this might be a silly thing to ask...but this was a saying my great-grandmother used to say...that it was bad luck to kill a spider..Now I can understand why that might be a belief in certain Native American cultures, such as the Navajo..but my great-grandmother wasn't..Navajo that is...but of Celtic (Irish) blood. So I was wondering...have you ever heard this saying..I'm curious as to how many other cultures might have that belief..and to this day, thank goodness I'M NOT scared of spiders, and you might think this odd I me...but if I do see one..I don't kill it...like just now...I saw one in my kitchen..scooped it into a cup and put it into one of my flower pots!! Just curious folks...if you ever heard this old wives tale kind of thing
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@brokentia (10397)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Well lookie that! You scooped it up and put it in your flower pot? Good for you! I can not say that I am the same. I do not like spiders. I AM scared of them. Even though I know they are also living creatures and are scared too. I just can't help it. And they seem to be attracted to me because when one is around...they chase me! OK, they don't truly chase me...they just seem to run towards me! But to answer your question as to why spiders are bad luck.... Honestly! Because they break your toe! Really! Last spring there was a spider in my kitchen. It was right before spring break started so now boys were in the house to take the spider outside for me. So I was stuck...fight or flight. I chose to fight. And yes, I am sorry, I killed the spider. Bad me! LOL Well, only a few hours later...at the same baseboard that I killed the spider, I hit my foot on it and broke my little toe! Oh my! I had never broken a toe before. And talk about not being able to speak! Well, of course the first thing I thought of, This was my karma for killing the helpless spider. LOL *sigh* To this day it hurts to bend that toe completely. So when you ask if it is bad luck to kill a spider? Yup! Sure is!!! You break a toe!
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@pyewacket (43953)
• United States
9 Apr 07
Hah Ha--see what you got---maybe it was the spirit of the spider and it was getting revenge--LOL
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@kynni204 (2032)
• United States
8 Apr 07
I've killed many spiders and I don't think I have bad luck. I've never heard this before. I don't believe in bad luck. Pick that spider up out of your flower pot and kill it!!
@pyewacket (43953)
• United States
9 Apr 07
That's a horrible response...kill it?? Nasty!
@mac1946 (1602)
• Calgary, Alberta
8 Apr 07
this is an age old beleif mostly in western europe,England Ireland,Scotland,germany to name a few. It is mainly bad luck as they eat harmful bugs that eat plants,as this cuts down on the amount of food you can grow. In the old days,food was very hard to come by,so the superstition grew,as thos with spiders had good crops while those without,or killed them did not. I was also brought up not to kill the "daddy longlegs or it would rain,and boy,did we get wet when we did kill one. Mind you,if it were a poisoninous spider,I would prefer to kill it than have it kill me.
@pyewacket (43953)
• United States
9 Apr 07
Really good response I must say...it's interesting the different interpretations people are giving me here...as far as poisonous spiders..mm...I don't know how I would react then if I saw one..so far haven't had to wrorry about that. I do notice that when there are spiders in the house that there are hardly any other buggies around...after all spiders as you say do eat other bugs---they are like the natural exterminators, and less toxic to boot
• United States
8 Apr 07
my grandmother was native/irish. she always said it was bad luck because spiders bring luck into a household and weaved the family together.to kill one meant disruption and fighting.
@pyewacket (43953)
• United States
9 Apr 07
So you have Native and Irish background yourself...never heard of that concept though that to kill a spider would mean strife in a family--interesting
• United States
8 Apr 07
Actually, it's big in my family, and we're mostly Irish and English. The saying is that the spider in the corner should not be killed because it will draw money to the house. Why? I think it has something to do with spider webs, nets, and catching things. Indians make dream-catchers to snare in nightmares, so why not spiders to catch money? All I know is, killing a spider never did my household any good, or bad, except there were always more bugs (mosquitoes) if there were no spiders. I'll tell you a funny but tragic story - I had a spider living in my bedroom around the time that I read "Charlotte's Web". So I let her live there, and she made an egg sack. I didn't think anything of it. Then one day I got home from school to find a BILLION little tiny white baby spiders parachuting all over my room! Well, you can guess that I couldn't have that, and I spent all afternoon hunting them down and smooshing them. I felt very guilty. But what can you do? Heh. So let them live in, but as soon as that egg sack appears, scoop her and her eggs up and out in the garden they should go!!!!!!
• United States
11 Apr 07
When I was little I heard that it was bad luck to kill a daddy long leg spider. And it stuck cause till this day I don't. I'm not prone to superstitions though. I use to like spiders but I really don't much anymore. I will kill them if they're in my domain but I won't (on purpose) if I'm outside.
@xbrendax (2668)
• United States
9 Apr 07
I never heard that before, but I never kill anything, not even spiders!
@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
9 Apr 07
I have never heard that before, but I am scared of spiders sometimes I kill then or sweep them up and move thenm outside.thanks for sharing this it might be wives tale .
@vanities (11340)
• Davao, Philippines
8 Apr 07
its my first time to heared it from you here or read it ..it sounds strange to me actually how can a spider be a bad luck to anyone if killed since some o related species is poisonous..
@susieq223 (3742)
• United States
8 Apr 07
I have never heard that it was bad luck to kill a spider. I don't kill too many, though, because they do eat bugs, especially misquitoes! If they leave me alone, I will leave them alone.
@5000ml (1924)
• Belgium
8 Apr 07
My parents never told me, but I think I read about it being bad luck in a children's book and it stuck with me ever since. I'm scared silly of spiders, but I find them really useful so I never kill them anyway! Not really because of the old wives tale but indeed because they're so useful and they don't harm me so why kill them?
@palonghorn (5492)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Never heard of this one. I was raised in the south, and killed spiders when they crossed my path..... at the top of that list was black widows and tarantulas. And to this day, I don't think I ever suffered any bad luck from doing so.
@mywords18 (647)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Never heard of this infact but here india we believe webs signifies debt so we clean and kill them pretty often so here it considered gud here as we worship animals and killin them considered bad omen here,well thanks for this new info.
@Bedient43 (250)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Ohh my thats very weird my grandmother says this to me too. But she will never tell me why she always says you will find out.
@ElicBxn (58180)
• United States
8 Apr 07
never heard it, and, while I'm not from an intensely Celtic background, I did have a great grandmother from Ireland. (Had more of a Germanic influence from my mom's mother's side.) I don't like to kill spiders, after all, they eat bugs & any bug eater is a friend, right? But I do think they belong outside. If they stay out of my way I leave them alone, at least until they get too big.
@zenmachado (1619)
• United States
8 Apr 07
Its also bad luck in the south. Like in New Orleans. They say that you get seven years bad luck, if you intentionaly kill a spider.. altought they actually use the word murder. There is also a supersticion that if someone is sweeping, and they hit you with the broom, you get bad luck.. or something really horrible will occur to you.
@lilaclady (28281)
• Australia
8 Apr 07
I have never heard this before, although someone did tell me one time not to kill what they call daddy Long Leg spiders because they kill the other spiders....