Psychologists say superstitions are our way of managing anxiety about the unknown, socio-historians would probably claim they are remnants of our old pagan beliefs, and most people think superstitions are just quaint folk tales. To me, superstitions are a way to tell stories.
In my home country Lithuania, the following superstitions are still alive:
- whistling indoors may invite evil
- spitting over your own shoulder three times will prevent a jinx
- throwing out bread crumbs will invite famine
- to give jewelry made from bone or ivory as a gift is wishing death or serious injury to the person receiving it
- if you trip on your left foot, it predicts misfortune
- if a knife, fork or spoon drops off the table while dining, - a guest is coming
- if you hear a cuckoo in spring and don't have any money in your pocket, you'r be broke all year round
- if a stork makes its nest near your house, the house is blessed
- if a bird hits a window it brings bad news
- never start mopping the floor from the threshold - it will invite misfortune
What superstitions does your country have?