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    Default Popular superstitions

    Call them funny or call them weird, these popular superstitions or old wives' tales are still heeded and can make the most logical person behave in the most illogical ways!

    These colourful beliefs just refuse to die and have been passed down from generation to generation.
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    Broken mirror
    Long long ago when there were no mirrors, people looked at their reflections in water. One's reflection was considered to be like one's soul and as such if the reflection appeared contorted then the soul was considered broken. Even after the advent of mirrors the practice continues. A broken mirror distorts your reflection and is thus considered inauspicious.


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    Black cat crossing your path
    One of the most popular and oldest beliefs, this one is attributed to various sources. One version goes that black cats forebode doom; another goes that black cats are demons in disguise; and yet another goes that they were once pets of witches that turned into witches and hence they are witches in disguise.
    Contrary to worldwide beliefs about the black cat, the Japanese consider a black cat lucky.
    So the next time you see a black cat you decide whether you want to turn back or walk ahead.
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    Walking under a slanting ladder
    This age-old belief is believed to have originated from those days when convicts were hung from the seventh rung of ladders. The belief those days was that if one walked under such a ladder, there was every likelihood of coming ino contact with the ghost of the man who was hung.
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    Getting up from the wrong side of the bed

    It has long been considered that the side of the bed that you wake up has a lot of significance in how your day shapes up. The left side has always been considered bad and if you wake up from the left, it implies that the day is not going to be yours.
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    Horse shoe
    In ancient Greece, a horse shoe suspended at the entrance of a house was considered a means of letting good luck in. It was important that the horse shoe was suspended with the open side up. Suspending it with the open side down would mean letting go all the good luck.

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    13 and Friday the 13th

    The number 13 has always been and is still considered to be sinister by many. For some, going to office or carrying out any auspicious task is out of the question on the 13th day of a month. Many others consider only Friday the 13th to be inauspicious. Friday the 13th's bad reputation goes back to the days when under pressure from King Philip IV of France, Pope Clement V had ordered his men to capture and burn all the Templar knights, a brigade of powerful crusaders who the king felt were a threat to him.
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    New Moon
    Many years back, owing to the silvery hue of the Moon people began to reason that the Moon was associated with prosperity, silver being the colour of money. Therein started the practice of making wishes on a New Moon day.
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    Keeping fingers crossed
    This popular notion has a religious context to it. The idea was to make a wish and keep your fingers crossed to form a cross till your wish came true.
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    The engagement and wedding rings
    The Egyptians are believed to be the first to have initiated the usage of engagement and wedding rings. They regarded this piece of jewellery as a symbol of everlasting love and removing it meant letting the love leave the heart. Also according to the ancient Egyptians, there is a vein connecting the third finger of the left hand to the heart which is why the engagement ring is worn on this finger.
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    Diamonds are a girl's best friend
    A woman's allure of diamonds is attributed to the bewitching sparkle which from the days of yore is believed to have been kindled by true love. Hence diamonds symbolised love and loyalty.
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    A dog howling
    A dog's howling was considered eerie because the howls were believed to be an announcement of death. The canines with their superior sense of smell could sense death from a considerable distance.
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    Sighting an elephant or donkey

    Hindus consider spotting an elephant as very lucky because elephants are believed to be representative of Lord Ganesha, the god of prosperity and a saviour during times of trouble.
    A very old belief is that sighting a dead donkey is rare and if one spots a dead donkey then it is considered to bring good fortune; to leap over the carcass three times is considered additionally good.
    Old Christian tradition also has it that the loud cross on donkeys' backs were a result of Jesus Christ' s entry on donkey back in Jerusalem. Therefore, the fur from the portion that has the cross is used as a remedy for toothache, whooping cough, and fits. A little fur from the portion is either worn around the neck as a charm or else eaten in between a sandwich. Riding donkeys is also considered good provided the rider faces the tail of the donkey.



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    A crow cawing in front of a house is considered to be a sign of arriving guests. Whether that's good or bad, depends on the guests!
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