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Superstitions

25 Apr

If you believe in superstition then you are not alone! Many people around the world believe in one or the other superstition. These superstitions are existing from many years. For many years people have tried to understand these superstitions and the reason why people follow them. People invented these superstitions to protect them from the fear of the unknown , while some people believe them to be act of God .
Check out these superstitions and find out whether you also believe in them or not.

Broken Mirrors


Its one of the age old superstition that if you break a mirror then you will be cursed with 7 years of bad luck.
The origin of this comes from the Roman Times. During that time doctors used to determine the health of its patients by looking at the reflection of the patient in the mirror and if for some reason the reflection got distorted the patient was deemed to be ill.
The reason that people at that time give huge importance to mirrors was due to their belief that any metal or reflective surface was considered magical and credited with the ability to look into the future.
Since mirrors hold the key to the future , breaking a mirror meant shattering your own future and it would bring bad luck for 7 years because according to the Romans it takes 7 complete years for a human body to be completely renewed.
Howling Dogs – Omens of Death


Is howling of a dog a sign of death? Howling of dog is considered to be very unlucky and even believed that it is a sign of a death.
Equipped with a keen sense of smell, hearing – and some may even say sixth sense – dogs can often predict natural disasters such as earthquakes or hurricanes. Before the onset of these occurrences, which would undoubtedly cause fatalities, they would become agitated and start howling. Thus, the barking of a dog has been associated as a prelude to death.
If a dog howls then it means it has sensed something real bad occurrence ( possibly death).
When a dog howls at a funeral it means more deaths are to be coming.
Unlucky 13


The number 13 is considered to be unlucky. Though there is nothing wrong with the number 13, but in the past there has been some bad events where 13 got involved . People used to ignore,neglect number 13.
here are no 13th floors marked on elevators, even though we all know that the 14th is still the 13th. You aren’t supposed to invite 13 guests to dinner and even the Mayans hated the number. (That is the reason that they only counted eras to 12, hence the end of their calendar being in 2012) 13 even has it’s own phobia: Triskaidekaphobia.
The initial reason for the abject fear of 13 comes from the Bible and the story of the Last Supper. In it, Jesus sits down to a meal with the 12 Apostles, making the total diners 13. We all know that meal ended poorly for two of the guests and thus poor 13 was forever cursed.
The most infamous evil of 13 comes when the calendar aligns to cause a Friday the 13th. Fridays have been notoriously bad luck days biblically. Christ was crucified on Friday.

Touch Wood


We says “Touch Wood” to preserve our luck. We may not know the reason but we say it.
One explanation states that the tradition derived from the Pagans who thought that trees were the homes of fairies, spirits, dryads and many other mystical creatures. In these instances, people might knock or touch wood to request good luck, or to distract spirits with evil intentions. When in need of a favour or some good luck, one politely mentioned this wish to a tree and then touched the bark, representing the first “knock.” The second “knock” was to say “thank you.” The knocking was also supposed to prevent evil spirits from hearing your speech and as such stop them from interfering. Alternatively, some traditions have it that by knocking upon wood, you would awaken and release the benevolent wood fairies that dwelt there.
Marriage customs
Why do so many people get married in June? For one thing June has been known to be the luckiest month for weddings since the days of ancient Rome. The goddess Juno, after whom the month has been named, was the guardian of happy marriages. June also has the longest day of the year. A wedding in June therefore was supposed to materialize into a long and happy marriage.

And why do all engaged or married people wear a ring around their finger? The wedding ring comes to us from ancient Egypt. A circle is an uninterrupted and unbroken continuous ring – the sign of a lasting marriage. If the ring broke, it meant bad luck. If it were taken off, love might escape from the heart.

The Egyptians believe that a vein ran from the third finger of the left hand to the heart. That is how the third finger of left hand became the ring finger.

The custom of showering rice comes from Pakistan, India and China. Rice is considered as one of the main diets in these countries. It stands for health and wealth. People throw rice on newlyweds so that the couple would have many children. This wasted or thrown away rice is also a gift for any evil spirits who might be lurking around so that they get busy in collecting and eating it leaving the couple in peace

 We all believe that it is the supreme power, THE GOD that controls our life and fate, doesn’t some of these superstition reminds our incapability to control our lives and need of a higher authority which can protect us from uncontrollable environment and affirms our faith in GOD

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