What are some examples of superstitious beliefs?   A superstitious belief is the irrational belief than an object,or action, and an occurring event are somehow related.

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There are so many superstitions. Friday the thirteenth is a scary day. Black cats are bad luck. Don't walk under a ladder. Breaking a mirror brings you seven years bad luck. There are examples from every culture, and they are somewhat similar to these.

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  1. Never let a black cat cross your path.
  2. Never walk under a ladder.
  3. Cover your mouth when you yawn, or you may allow a demon to enter or your soul to escape.
  4. Always throw a pinch of salt over your shoulder.
  5. Never spill the salt.
  6. Never break a mirror.
  7. Don't ever tell someone in the theater "good luck" before a performance, simply say "break a leg."
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ninaannarmstrong | Student
  • I use to live in Romania and the President and many Government Officials wore purple on Thursdays to prevent evil spells from befalling them.
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  • My roommate also told me once that I should never whistle in the house because that's how I lose money. 
  • My mother told me as a child that I should never open an umbrella indoors because if I do I will have 10 years of bad luck. 
  • If you sneeze it means someone is talking about you. 
  • You should never sew clothes while wearing them. If you do then you will get injured (not from the sewing but somehow you'll break a leg or something)
  • Where I currently live everyone is afraid of ghosts. My friend went to a graveyard where he did not know anyone who was buried there and the next day he broke his arm. He is convinced it is because he angered the spirits and they followed him home. 
  • Always say "break a leg" and not good luck before a performance. 
  • Where I currently live people believe if you don't visit the temple on New Years you will have a year of bad luck. 
  • They also believe that "bad luck" paper fortunes are good luck because they are so rare to find. 
rachellopez | Student

I have heard a lot of crazy superstitions. Some popular ones include opening umbrellas indoors, walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, and spilling salt. I'm not sure where all of these ideas came from, but people tend to avoid these actions to not get bad luck. Some of these actions can give you years of bad luck.

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acompanioninthetardis | Student

i am from india so we have alot of superstitions as well

  1. saying "come" or "lets go" near a grave yard is forbidden because we believe that a wandering spirit may hear and follow you and haunt you
  2. if a child or a person has grown a lot and causes a lot of awe to a person they may, before presenting them to other people or going out into public, take sand in their hand, curl in into a fist and go around the top of your head two to three times to get rid of any future evil eyes or jealous eyes that may cause you to get sick. ...this usually happens when a kid has grown a lot or they haven't been seen by other people in a while. 
  3. an upside down shoe means back luck or a fight will break out
  4. (this is a less common one usually used in villages for kids to get nourished before bed) but you're supposed to drink water before you go to bed because if you get thirsty, then your soul will be lured out by a ghost who will lead you to the well with the dirtiest water and allow you to drink form there and then get you sick when you wake up in the morning
  5. odd numbers are more auspicious when giving gifts to someone then even ones: we always get 21 dollars or 101 dollars of something never 100 or 20.
  6. peepul trees are to be avoided at night for they are said to attract ghosts

there are many more but these are all i can think of for now. 

Wiggin42 | Student

There are so many superstitious beliefs practiced in India

1. when step out of the house to go to work and if the black cat cross over is not good sign.You should go back to the house for a little while and they you can go out.

2. whenever you say something like  statement or fact and immediately bell rings could be doorbell or a phone bell,then the saying will become true.

3. You should not give yoghurt  culture to ferment to make more yoghurt to anyone after 6pm.

4. You should not remove hair from someone else comb.

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arrellbelle | Student

I'm Filipino and we have MANY superstitious beliefs that have originated from the Philippines that I actually do believe in. They can range from the following:

  1. If you are pregnant, a ghost/vampire can smell the blood of that child in the womb and that means they want to eat it.
  2. If you bite your tongue or inside of the cheek it means that someone is talking about you.
  3. If you drop a spoon on the floor that means a woman is coming.
  4. If you drop a fork on the floor that means a man is coming.
  5. Seeing a white butterfly means that there is a message coming.
yukyukco | Student

examples of superstitious beliefs

>You will have bad luck for 7 years if you break a mirror. 

>If a bird comes in your home someone is going to die. 

>When you pass by a cemetary, hold your breath or the ghosts can slip into your body. 

>Don't walk under ladders, it's bad luck. 

>Don't ever kill crickets when they are found inside the house, as crickets are believed to bring good luck to your home. 

>Don't open an umbrella indoors, as this will bring bad luck.

gelsaied | Student

Here is a list of some of the most common ones:

1. Wearing a garlic necklace around ones neck repells vampires.

2. Crossing ones fingers is good luck.

3. Walking under a ladder is bad luck.

4. Breaking a mirror gives you seven years bad luck.

5. friday the thirteenth is a bad day.

aynah | Student

I live in india and people here are highly superstitious. They do anything and evrything for the sake of their's and their ancestor's belief. i've discussed some of them below.. Kindly see if my effort satisfies u -

when you are going out -these are considered bad---
1.some one asks you 'where are you going?'
2. some body sneeze odd no; of times
3. a widow, a single Brahman or a man carrying oil or milk or a cat crossing your path.
4. going below the ladder.
5. hitting your head or feet on the thresh hold.


these are considered good--
1. eating curds with jaggery
2. sighting an elephant or braying of a donkey.sound made by lizards
others--not good
3. milk over-flowing 
2. spilling of oil, turmeric
3. hair-cutting on Tuesdays or in evenings
4. lizard falling on head
5. keeping money inside the bag meant for carrying your purchase.
6. travelling during in auspicious time
7. getting married on New moon day,or during certain months
8. not lending or borrowing after sun set ( lighting the lamp in the evening )
9. exchanging things across the the threshhold.

others :-

itching of left palm--money gain
right eye twitching --good for men
left eye twitching good for women.
there are many more--depending upon the different regions in India.

please ignore the numbering pattern.. That is no superstition :)

 

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aynah | Student

I live in india and people here are highly superstitious. They do anything and evrything for the sake of their's and their ancestor's belief. i've discussed some of them below.. Kindly see if my effort satisfies u -

when you are going out -these are considered bad---
1.some one asks you 'where are you going?'
2. some body sneeze odd no; of times
3. a widow, a single Brahman or a man carrying oil or milk or a cat crossing your path.
4. going below the ladder.
5. hitting your head or feet on the thresh hold.


these are considered good--
1. eating curds with jaggery
2. sighting an elephant or braying of a donkey.sound made by lizards
others--not good
3. milk over-flowing 
2. spilling of oil, turmeric
3. hair-cutting on Tuesdays or in evenings
4. lizard falling on head
5. keeping money inside the bag meant for carrying your purchase.
6. travelling during in auspicious time
7. getting married on New moon day,or during certain months
8. not lending or borrowing after sun set ( lighting the lamp in the evening )
9. exchanging things across the the threshhold.

others :-

itching of left palm--money gain
right eye twitching --good for men
left eye twitching good for women.
there are many more--depending upon the different regions in India.

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fonzyy | Student
  • Night bathing - bathing at night is equal to a cup of blood loss.
  • Black cats - get ready for bad luck if you see one.
  • Umbrellas inside the house - you will drown the next time you swim.
  • No reds allowed - don't wear red when there's lightning, or else it may strike you.
  • Broken reflection - 7 years of bad luck if you break a mirror.
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krishna-agrawala | Student

To my knowledge the most superstitious belief common in Western World is the one about number thirteen. I was surprised to find out that many multi-storied buildings in Jersey City, USA, which I visited last year have no floor numbered thirteen. The floor directly above the floor number twelve is marked fourteen instead of thirteen because of this superstition.

Two other superstition that I frequently come across are about "crossing fingers" to ward off some bad luck, and "touching wood" when you speak about some thing good or desirable, so that it will continue to be that way.

I believe, the superstition about Fridays, particularly in combination with the date thirteen is quite common.

Most common superstition in India that I have come across is a belief that if you sneeze once when you are just starting  work on something or when just leaving to go somewhere, then you are likely to fail on whatever your task. This bad luck somehow gets cancelled by a second sneeze.

Also in India many people believe in astrology, which is considered superstition by many.

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