Man conquered space and mastered computers. In our materialistic age, there is little that connects us to the dark past where beliefs in spirits and the supernatural reigned. One of these strings are the signs.
And let scientists prove that they have nothing reasonable and logical, people still believe in the power of certain events over the future. The most common superstitions are known to everyone, from the janitor to the scientist. And just in case, we all believe in them.
On Friday the 13th, nothing can be done.
This day is considered terrible. Such a belief most likely came from a free interpretation of the Old Testament. It is believed that on this day Cain killed his brother, Abel. For a long time the legend has become overgrown with myths and speculation. So the number 13 became a symbol of misfortunes and troubles. Already in our time superstition was fed by the master of horrors Alfred Hitchcock. His sensational horror film was called – “Friday, 13”.
You can not transfer anything through the threshold.
This superstition has a completely historical basis. Once upon a time it was customary to store the remains of ancestors under the threshold and not disturb it. And the transfer of something through this place was considered simply dangerous. Therefore, a simple sitting at the doorstep is not recommended – it’s a kind of threshold between the worlds. On one side is a safe and familiar world, and on the other – hostile and unknown. Or another interpretation of separation is possible – the threshold stands between the world of the living and the dead.
You can not go back halfway.
This superstition is also directly related to the threshold, with its function of dividing the worlds. If a person returns, never reaching his goal, he will be near the threshold weakened. This is where the danger lies in it – disturbed spirits or even some otherworldly beings who are dreaming to break into our world can disturb.
You can not give a watch.
Although technology has penetrated all spheres of life in our age, the clock is still not recommended. Such a sign came from China. There it is believed that a gift in the form of a clock is nothing more than an invitation to a funeral.
You can not celebrate the 40th anniversary.
We can assume that the sign came about thanks to the magic of the “forty” number. Even in Kievan Rus it was customary to check the dead for incorruptibility. And in the XVII century, the period when the definition was passed was established in 40 days.
From the house at once you can not go out, you have to sit a little “on the path.”
This sign is based on the long-standing belief of people in good and evil spirits who control the whole world. It was believed that home spirits cling to a man, trying to get him back, interfering on the road. These entities will do everything so that a person does not get a good way. And if you sit down “on the path”, then the spirits can be deceived. They will consider that no one is going anywhere, they will lose control and will allow a person to leave.
You can not eat with a knife.
Knife has long been considered not only an instrument of labor, but also a means of protection. At the same time, you can defend yourself against a real enemy, and from supernatural enemies. As a result, the knife turns into a magical object, which requires special attention. It should be used only after special rituals. And just eat with a knife – meant to provoke the wrath of spirits that make a person aggressive and evil. Yes, and practical sense in this regard is – in fact, you can trite cut.
ничего Nothing can be chosen at the crossroads.
They say that you can transfer your illness or misfortune to some thing, and then throw it at a crossroads where it will be taken away by an evil force. That’s why you can not take things at the intersection of roads. Because in this way you take on other people’s troubles. And the more expensive the found thing is, the more serious is the disorder or illness that has been reduced to it.
You can not walk in one shoe.
This is a very old sign. Old people say that pacing in one sneaker or shoe will lead to a quick orphanage.
You can not take out the garbage after sunset.
This sign is very popular with men. Many people know it, but the roots of this belief are known badly. They say that the removal of garbage in the evening will entail gossip. Everyone will wonder – why does a man throw something under the cover of darkness? Neighboring neighbors will not fail to discuss this situation. They also say that taking out garbage in the evening, in fact, you throw money away. However, this can not be logically explained.
You can not spill the salt.
The fact is that salt is an important magical element. With her, you can clean magic objects. Spilled on the floor salt is even considered a protective tool against evil spirits. On the other hand, salt is an ancient seasoning, it is one of the first allowed a person to diversify the taste of his food. It is no coincidence that in many cultures salt was considered even a jewel. Because of these white crystals, violent conflicts arose. I visited salt and currency, and a preservative for storing food in warm countries. It was then that the birth of a sign that this valuable material was scattered was bad.
Do not whistle indoors.
Long ago, whistling was considered an appeal to the other world and the call of evil forces. Such a sign that interestingly exists not only among the Slavs, but also in Japan. In some European countries, whistling is generally associated with a witch, considering it an instrument. In Poland and Romania they say that when the girl whistles, the churches shake, and the Mother of God weeps. And today whistlers are not particularly fond of – this is a symbol of bad manners, so condemn bad actors. Whistling in the house says that there will be no money, but the sea means an upcoming storm. But for Americans this sign is meaningless – they quietly whistle at home.
Wish health after sneezing.
Usually when a person sneezes nearby, even an outsider, it is customary to wish him health. And let the threat of sickness and no, there is such a sign. In fact, she has quite old roots. First of all – the physiological act threatens not to the owner, but to others. In the 6th century, a deadly plague passed through Europe, sneezing became one of its first symptoms. And in the Middle Ages the woman who sneezed in the church was immediately declared a witch.
Close your mouth when yawning.
In fact, this is also not just a good manner, but also a long-standing superstition that has come down to us from ancestors. They believed that the human soul is constantly exposed to danger from evil spirit. That’s why a wide-open mouth is a window for demons and evil spirits, through which they can easily get inside.
Meet a black cat.
A black cat is a long-standing participant in superstitions, and yet in ancient Egypt they were revered as sacred animals. After the death of the pet, the whole family was mourning, and then the mummified body was buried in a special cemetery. And the fear of a black cat came from England. There in due time these animals have very much extended and began to steal meal at people. And those women who fed the stray cats began to suspect of witchcraft. As a result, the murres themselves became something diabolical. As a result of this terrible superstition, people and cats were sent to the bonfire.