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Superstition Books

Updated on April 29, 2013

Old Wives Tales

Are you superstitious? If you are, you might like reading these books about superstitions.

The superstition books I've gathered offer thousands of beliefs, also called old wives tales, that can predict outcomes you may never have thought about. Well, not really, but many people believe superstitions to be true when there is no factual basis for them.

According to the book pictured here, Current Superstitions, "A child will have a nature and disposition similar to that of the first person who takes him out of doors."

Read a few of these superstition books and find out the best way to introduce a child to the world, according to superstition of course, and so much more.

Learn more about superstitions through history, or just read about these beliefs for a fun time!

Photo of Current Superstitions: Collected From The Oral Tradition Of English Speaking Folk courtesy of Amazon. To check out this book in greater detail, click the link.

Superstition by My Mom

You have to eat a peck of dirt

before you die.

~ Superstition Oft Repeated

By My Mom

The Encyclopedia of Superstitions - by Richard Wheeler

Publication Date: 2008

The Encyclopedia of Superstitions offers "a wealth of wonderfully weird beliefs on just about every topic you can imagine." ~Amazon description

Living Life

Many superstitions ascribe to doing

certain things to ensure good luck, like

~ putting the right shoe on before the left shoe

(or vice versa)

~ not working on New Year's Day

(or you'll spend all year doing that work)

~ eating a certain food on New Year's Day

(like black eyed peas) for good luck

Superstitions about spider webs abound!
Superstitions about spider webs abound!

Superstitions About Spiders and Spider Webs

Or Cobwebs as We Call Them

Spider webs are beautiful works of art, I think. But there are plenty of superstitions out there about these feathery things. Here are a few, complements of Ask the Exterminator:

~ If a big black spider comes into the house it is a sure sign of death.

~ If you see a spider spinning a web your income will increase due to hard work.

~ If a spider builds its web across your front door you can expect company.

To stop bleeding, my mom would get some cob webs (from behind a picture usually) and place that on the cut.

Image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy

Books on Superstitions

Cures for Nose Bleed*

~ Chew brown paper

~ Hold up right arm (we did this for coughing!)

~ Put a key down the back of your clothing

~ Tip your head back

*These are all superstitions.

Everyone knows you're supposed to tie a piece of red yarn around your thumb to cure a nose bleed.

Do You Believe in Superstitions?

Do You Believe in Superstitions?

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Under the Tuscan Sun - Superstitions

The movie Under the Tuscan Sun is replete with several superstitions:

~ inside a villa that's for sale, a bird poops on Frances's head, which is good luck, so the owner, an old Italian woman sells it to her instead of another couple

~ when Patti comes to Italy to have her baby, Frances says they'll put a knife under the bed to cut the pain

Under the Tuscan Sun was a book before it was a movie. The movie is loosely based on the book.

Knock on Wood: Poems About Superstitions - by Janet S. Wong, illustrated by Julie Paschkis

Date Published: 2003

For grade school children, this book contains 17 original poems about superstitions.

Lovely hair but is it coarse or fine?
Lovely hair but is it coarse or fine?

Superstitions about Hair

Superstitions about hair are interesting and may or may not apply to you (depending of course on what kind of hair you have). Here are a few:

~ If you pull out a white hair, two will grow back in its place.

~ Hairy arms mean you're strong.

~ Coarse hair indicates good nature and fine hair quick temper.

Read more superstitions about hair.

Photo Credit: The Graphics Fairy

Where the Heart Is - Book and Movie

The 2000 movie Where the Heart Is was a book first. Novalee Nation is superstitious about the number five. Very superstitious. Do you remember what happened at the Walmart when her change was $5.55?

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Care to Share Your Favorite Superstition or Old Wives Tale?

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      Linda Hahn 

      4 years ago from California

      If you have to walk past a cemetery at night, do not look!

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      5 years ago

      Well I can tell you the one about big black spiders in your home bringing death is deifinitely hooey. I've had big black spiders in my house on numerous occasions, no death ensued.

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      Rosyel Sawali 

      6 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Superstitions are interesting. Some people don't believe in them at all. But some strictly do. Well, I don't go out of my way to break or challenge them. ^_^

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      6 years ago

      I don't believe in luck/superstitions etc but I think that some superstitions are fun to take part in and more like traditions.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @grannysage: That's really interesting. Customs are so varied from culture to culture.

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      6 years ago

      In my lens Romantic Gifts: Fairies for Flowers, I tell why my husband never gives me flowers. His first wife was from Thailand and the first and only time he gave her flowers she burst into tears and said, you want me to die. At that time in Thailand, flowers were only for funerals. They have a lot of superpositions that I was found while I was researching.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      6 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      @Patricia Meadows: I've heard that one! Please, feel free to share more!

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      Patricia Meadows 

      6 years ago

      We have to eat at least a spoonful of cooked black eyed peas new years day to ensure good luck all year long. I could go on about superstitions I've heard from my mother, but hey, this is your lens. lol


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