Friday the 13th: a typical day?
Let’s see what are the superstitions and whether or not to believe in them.
Whence came the superstition
Signs caused by desire to look to the future and to avoid possible troubles. The occurrence of most of the superstitions dates back to antiquity, to the pagan past. Ignorance of the laws of natural phenomena, lack of understanding of causality, the belief in “destiny” and attempts to trick it, all this gave rise to many rituals, supposedly protects against the “evil forces”.
It’s forgivable to our ancestors who were not familiar with the achievements of modern science. All the more surprising to observe the superstitious customs in our time: the man thinks during a thunderstorm that is less angry, but I am sure that if he dropped a spoon or fork, it comes to guests.
Superstitions are an attempt to see causality where there is none and can not be. Instead of preparing for the exam, students “catch free” in the record book or put under the heel of a five-ruble coin. Although the teacher will assess the real knowledge, and he does not care if you have money in your Shoe or not.
History from time immemorial
Among the most common will are: spilled salt is bad luck, a broken mirror, you can expect trouble, a leap year is definitely heavy. If you know the origin of these signs, it becomes obvious that they are all idle fiction, to believe that the civilized man somehow even uncomfortable.
Spilled salt is bad luck
Salt in ancient times it was valued like gold, because not only improved the taste of the dish, but was the only preservative. Shortage of salt meant that the food supplies will do little and in a bad year the family expects misfortune, that is hunger. Why are people so afraid to sprinkle salt. In our time, in the presence of the shops to be afraid to spill salt is ridiculous.
A broken mirror, you can expect trouble
As you know, the first mirrors were invented by the glassmakers of Venice. The secret of mirror production is strictly watched and guarded, and then they cost insanely expensive. To force the servant to take good care of precious glass, gentlemen invented a myth: they say that breaking a mirror is bad luck. Uneducated servants believed.