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What is Superstition?

Updated on August 8, 2013


My definition of superstition is something that people believe in that cannot be proven. The American Heritage Dictionary defines superstition as "an irrational belief that an object or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome." Superstitions have been known as old wives's tales.

There are superstitions about bad and good luck. They can involve people, animals, and objects. Some superstitions are:

* Spilling salt. It is bad luck to spill salt. If you spill salt you have to throw some over your shoulder to avoid bad luck.

* Theatre. It is bad luck to wish a performer good luck. You have to say break a leg. This has to do with Shakespeare" Macbeth.

* Mirror. If you break a mirror you will have seven years bad luck.

* Ladder. Walking under a ladder is bad luck. Supposedly it has something to do with the Holy Trinity. If you waled under a ladder you were in cohorts with the devil.

*Black Cat. If a black cat crosses your path you will have bad luck unless you turn around and go back to where you came from.

* Chain Letters. If you do not forward on a chain letter within a certain amount of time something bad will happen to you. It even spells out what will happen in the letter if you don't forward it on.

* Lucky charms. It is good luck to carry a rabbits foot, or an acorn. Finding a four leaf clover is good luck. It is good luck to rub the head of a child with red hair. A horse shoe is also considered good luck.


Superstition is in every culture in the world. They affect people's lives. Some people have a ritual they do everyday. If they don't they believe they will have a bad day or something bad will happen to them. Some people do not leave their homes on Friday the 13th. There will always be superstition as long as people believe in them.

What superstitions do you believe in?


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    • angela_michelle profile image

      Angela Michelle Schultz 

      8 years ago from United States

      Which shoulder are you supposed to throw it over?

      Did you know a lady bug will fly in the direction of your perfect mate?

      What about the superstition around the number 13?

      And being able to blow out all the candles on your cake. The only way to get your wish is if you successfully blow them out on your first try?

      Four leaf clovers bring good luck?

      These are the only ones I can think of myself. :)


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