Really strange superstitions...
Posted 16 July 2004 - 06:00 AM
I was brought up in the UK, with some superstitions (thanks to my Mother) that not many other people I've met seem to know of, I was wondering if anyone here could shed some light on them - is there a reason for these?
The two ones noone ever seems to have heard of were
"Putting shoes on the table is bad luck"
and "Saying thank-you after someone says "bless you" (after you sneeze) is bad luck"
Anyone got any other weird ones. or reasons as to why these two particular things were such bad luck?
Posted 16 July 2004 - 06:24 AM
One of my favourites is throwing spilled salt over the left shoulder to hit the devil in the eye... it's just so silly!
And I've never been able to work out, is a black cat across your path lucky or unlucky?
The point which I should first wish to understand is whether the pious or holy is beloved by the gods because it is holy, or holy because it is beloved of the gods.Sonnet XCIVBut if that flower with base infection meet,The basest weed outbraves his dignity:For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds;Lilies that fester smell far worse than weeds
Posted 16 July 2004 - 06:41 AM
Or if a window breaks, you will have 7 years of bad luck.
Or if you cutt between a pole, you will have bad luck.
Posted 16 July 2004 - 08:12 AM
LOL, Mel, salt's a cleanser and purifier and you have to remember that at the time it originated bad luck was attributed to demons.
My own fave is walking under a ladder, now when a ladder's against a wall, the shadow forms a triangle, the triangle's
symbolic of the Christian Trinity and to walk beneath it...to break up that Triangle is the worst of bad luck. Personally, I think it has more to do with a 300# carpenter landing on the person
Posted 16 July 2004 - 10:51 AM
Posted 16 July 2004 - 10:56 AM
See, I always found too much sense in the ladder thing, mainly because I saw how easy it was for someone to drop things on your head from that position... thanks for the explanation, of both the ladder and the salt...
I won't come near the ladder if you are on, Mell
Posted 16 July 2004 - 11:43 AM
Posted 16 July 2004 - 12:12 PM
I like the shoes on the table one. I think that goes along with putting things like hats and socks on the table (or feet for that matter). Probably becuase it is considered poor form.
Posted 16 July 2004 - 07:53 PM
Posted 17 July 2004 - 07:50 AM
I think with the broken mirror one, however many shards is breaks into is how many years of bad luck you'll have. Could the bad luck from walking under the ladder have been made up that way to prevent people from getting hurt? Sounds a littl too convenient for me.
The bad luck with the shoes-to keep people from putting their feet or anything associated with the feet, on the table, because that's just nasty. Could these 'bad luck' things have been made to keep people from doing stuff?
Posted 17 July 2004 - 08:13 PM
Posted 18 July 2004 - 08:28 PM
I think a lot of them have religious connotations, possibly dating back to the Middle Ages where anything bad was attributed to the workings of the Devil or a demon, another thing I find interesting was rhymes we learned as children that refer to the plague outbreak, "Ring around the rosey (Refers, I think, to the rash that was one of the early signs of plague) a pocket full of posies<posies were thought to ward off the plague>Ashes! Ashes! They all fall down" (Possibly due to the fever that was one of the last symptoms or the fact that plague victims were burned)
Kind of a maverick thought, guys, is a superstition a learned behavior? In Classic conditioning a gentleman named BF Skinner created a multi-level box called the Skinner box, the box was designed as a set of increasingly difficult tests for small animals and birds, on a simple level, a rat presses a bar and a food pellet is dispensed, whereas on a more complicated level, the rat only gets the reinforcer if the bar is pressed and an overhead light is green. In many trials the rats would exhibit seemingly bizarre behavior, spinning, jumping, acts that they had exhibited when the reinforcer criterion was less demanding,
was this the ratly equivalent of lucky boxers?
Posted 19 July 2004 - 07:46 AM
Perhaps there is some sort of "conditioned" response to superstitions - I know that people who have had "bad days" on Friday 13ths seem to be very much more aware of any future Friday 13ths, much the same as I'm down to two colors of hairband I can wear at work, because the other colors are obviously responisble for me having horrible days, rather than my job
Posted 20 July 2004 - 07:15 AM
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