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Interesting Superstitions Around the World

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A superstition is any activity or belief that outsiders see as irrational or supernatural, attributed to fate or magic, or motivated by a fear of the unknown. It is frequently used to describe practices and beliefs associated to astrology, fortune telling, spirits, amulets, good luck, and other paranormal phenomena. It is also frequently used to describe the idea that certain (seemingly unrelated) past events might predict future events.

Some superstitions are funny at the same way some of them are really horrible. Let’s have a look at a few interesting superstitions around the world.

Black Cats or Birds


Black cats have a terrible reputation because of their alleged attachment to witches, especially during the Halloween season. Every day of the year, people avoid the miserable creatures since it's a prevalent superstition that a black cat crossing your path will bring you bad luck. They are not however alone.

Crows are considered unlucky and may even be a sign of death in South Korea. Additionally, ravens, particularly in the UK, could portend catastrophe. According to an antiquated British belief, the crown must always have six ravens present at the Tower of London. A solitary magpie is considered unlucky in Scotland and Ireland, but two or more are considered lucky.

The Dark Side / The Evil Eye


Have you ever received praise for anything you possess, only to have it subsequently be damaged or destroyed? The evil eye, according to some superstitious people, was at work. People in Turkey use an amulet called the "nazar boncuu" to protect themselves from such ominous looks. The charms often have a blue and white color scheme (blue is also supposed to ward off the evil eye) and are shaped like eyes. Among other nations, Greece, Egypt, Iran, Morocco, and Afghanistan are frequent destinations for these charms.

Nail Trimming at Night


According to superstitions in Turkey, India, and South Korea, trimming your fingernails or toenails after nightfall is unlucky. One Japanese myth even asserts that you can pass away too soon. Long nails used to be trimmed using knives or other sharp cutting implements. Infections might have been fatal in the absence of light, access to medical care, and sharp objects.

Placing a Doorknob


At some point in your life, you've probably tapped wood to prevent jinxing yourself without realizing it. This well-known superstition is a contemporary adaptation of a medieval practice in which European churchgoers would touch wood they were told came from crosses. According to legend, touching the wood provided a connection to deity and good fortune.

Sitting at a Table's Corner

Sitting in the corner of the table is unlucky, at least according to Russian and Hungarian traditions, but I'm sure there are others as well. It is said that the unfortunate diner will never get married. Although others claim that the ill luck only lasts for seven years, like with most superstitions, why take a chance?

Wallet or Purse on the Ground


Aside from the potential stench, several nations in Central and South America, as well as the Philippines, believe that leaving your pocketbook or wallet on the ground will bring you bad luck in terms of money. According to a Russian folklore, sitting directly on the chilly ground can result in a woman never having children as part of other on-the-ground superstitions..

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Using Water to Toast


According to German superstition, if you want to wish someone death, toast them with water. This story is based on a Greek myth in which the ghosts of the dead drank from the Lethe River. Before entering the underworld, the spirit would be made to forget its past on Earth thanks to Lethe, the goddess and river of forgetfulness.

Thumb Turning at Hagia Sophia


The Hagia Sophia in Turkey is home to a column with a thumb-deep hole in it that was once a church, is now a mosque, and was formerly a museum.

If you're a superstitious person, you must perform this one thing before leaving Istanbul's Hagia Sophia. A bronze column with a thumb hole and perhaps a lengthy line of people may be found inside the church. Due to the alleged healing properties, people now stand in line to place their thumb in the hole and rotate their hands in a circle.



The belief that shattering a mirror will bring bad luck for seven years is another well-known superstition. Folklore once held that a person's reflection in a mirror contained or was linked to a portion of that person's soul. Given that, it doesn't seem like a good idea to break a mirror, especially if your reflection is visible in it at the moment. A soul-stealing digression The selfie craze is really called into question by the folklore that says when a photo is taken, a portion of the subject's soul is captured in it.


whistling in general is bad luck, but whistling specifically indoors or at the sun is bad luck according to Russian and Norwegian superstitions, respectively. In Russia, whispering indoors is thought to cause financial issues. In Norway, it's said that whistling at the sun will make it rain.

Flying birds into your house


According to an urban legend, a bird swooping into your house is unlucky, especially if it rounds the room, lands on the back of a chair, and then takes off. The person whose chair the bird chose would allegedly perish as a result. Folklore from Mexico and the Caribbean refers to a particularly specific flying death portent called the black witch moth. The moth is large, nocturnal, bat-shaped, and dark in color. Wingspans of female moths can reach around six and a half inches.

Spanish Werewolves


According to that, unless the president of the country adopts them, seventh sons will turn into werewolves. Two Russian immigrants are said to have carried the superstition to Argentina in 1907, where it was believed that the Tsar served as the seventh son's godfather. Due to the age-old belief, Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, the president of Argentina from 2007 to 2015, allegedly adopted a kid as her godson.

Tuesday, March 13


Last but not least, there is a superstition that Tuesday the 13th is bad luck in Spain and other Spanish-speaking nations. The Spanish word for Tuesday, martes, is derived from Mars, the Roman god of battle, which permanently associates the day with carnage, violence, and death. In addition, the Fourth Crusade's alleged fall of Constantinople occurred on a Tuesday. The city was allegedly conquered by Ottoman Turks more than 200 years later on a Tuesday.


When we examine it closely, we find that superstitious ideas are not supported by any sort of logic. But they have aged, and despite all the advances in science, they are not going away any time soon.

Superstitious beliefs have been found to support the development of a happy outlook. Despite the fact that they can result in irrational choices like putting more faith in luck and destiny than in reasoned judgment.

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