Superstition is the fear of what is unknown and mysterious. It is the belief that certain events bring good or bad luck which cannot be explained by reason or science. In short, superstition means blind belief. Superstition is a worldwide phenomenon. People in every country believe in one or the other superstition. Superstitions have come down to us from ancient times. Primitive people were ignorant about the wonders of science. They were at the mercy of natural elements. They did not understand the causes of physical changes taking place around them. They respected and worshipped the force of nature like the sun, the moon, fire, wind, water, storms, etc. They believed that diseases were caused by the wrath of gods as well as evil spirits. They tried to satisfy the gods with offerings, prayers, sacrifices, etc. They tried to ward off evil spirits by offering sacrifices. The sacrifice of birds and animals to please the gods and goddesses and to atone for one's sins in a common practice. Thus, it is a fear which gave rise to superstition. There are different superstitions. Some are for bad luck some are for good luck, there are animal superstitions, superstitions related to the evil eye.
Bad luck superstitions include
- If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck.
- If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck.
- To break a mirror will bring you seven years bad luck.
- Friday the thirteenth is an unlucky day.
- Wearing an opal when it is not your birthstone is bad luck.
- Spilling of the salt brings bad luck.
- Cutting nails after sunset brings bad luck.