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Superstitions and old wives’ tales

How many of you are familiar with the word superstition or old wives tales?  Superstition is a belief in supernatural happenings: that one event leads to the cause of another without any process in the physical world linking the two events and old wives tales are made up stories by people of the older generation, which are then passed down to their children and then their children’s children and so on. How did these superstitions and old wives tales form over the years? 

They evolved in different parts of the world and are merely just myths and have not even an  iota of reality in them. Some of the old wives tales are just passed down for amusement. Many people are superstitious or believe in these tales but the extent greatly varies on different levels. Some people really overdo it, causing problems for themselves and others.

Some of the common superstitions include:

1- Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day

2-If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck

3-If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck

4-To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck

5-An itchy palm means money will come your way

6-A cricket in the house brings good luck

7-When a dog howls, death is near

8-It is unlucky to rock an empty rocking chair

Some of the common old wives tales include:

1-Walking under a tree at night with perfume and open hair risks a girl being possessed by evil spirits.

2-Never eat anything while a funeral bell is ringing or a tooth ache will follow

3-People who have a dimple on their chin have a devil within them.

4-It is unlucky to cut finger nails on Sunday or Friday

These superstitions and tales are based on no factual evidence. Some of them are just stem from coincidences that occur while some of these may seem to be true but it is up to us to decide whether it was just a coincidence or whether these superstitions or tales have some truth in them after all.

Why is it that people believe in them so strongly? How many of the above have you heard of? Are you superstitious? If yes, then to what extent? How does being superstitious cause trouble in one’s life?

Referred to:

http://www.csicop.org/superstition/library/common_superstitions/