We all have grown up with some or the other superstition passed on from one generation to the other. Ever wondered there could be a reason or a story behind these superstitions? Well, all these famous beliefs do have a logical explanation read on to find out.
1. BLACK CATS
Cats have always had a few habits that have a tendency freak people right out. They like to seek sources of warmth and have an odd fascination with examining human faces. Often when a person passed away from fever or a baby died mysteriously in the night, they’d find a cat perched on their chest or in the crib staring into their face, and the logical assumption was made that cats were harbingers of death that could suck the very life from your body.
As far as the colour black is concerned it is usually associated with evil.
2. TRIMMING HAIR ON TUESDAYS
This scientific explanation behind this old Indian belief is in olden days most of the Indians were farmers. After a week of hard work, Monday was their resting day. Naturally majority of them cleaned their houses and trimmed their hair on that day. So the Barber wouldn’t have much work on Tuesdays and would close his shop. This practice is being continued till date.
3. KILLING A SPIDER IS BAD LUCK
In addition to reducing local disease-carrying insects, spiders provide humans with other medical benefits. Spider venom is used in neurological research and may prevent permanent brain damage in stroke victims. The silk produced by spiders is used in many optical devices including laboratory instruments. Since Spider has so many benefits why kill them better to associate a belief with it, isn’t it?
4. BREAKING A MIRROR BRINGS 7 YEARS OF BADLUCK
Back in the medieval times mirrors were very expensive. And if you broke one, it was regularly someone important, such as the lord of the kingdom of the king or a high-ranking nobleman. And if you broke it, it was common that if they were un-forgiving, they would put you in jail, possibly for seven years.
5. TOSSING SALT
The belief of tossing a pinch of salt over your left shoulder to get rid of bad luck come from the legend that the devil is always standing behind you, and throwing salt in his eye distracts him from causing trouble. Nowadays, most people only do this after spilling salt, which is thought to be bad luck because salt was an expensive commodity long ago and folklore linked it to unlucky omens in order to prevent wasteful behaviour.
6. KNOCKING ON WOOD
Knocking on wood, or simply saying “knock on wood” after making a hopeful statement, is rooted in the idea that you’re tempting fate by acknowledging your good fortune. The expression comes from the ancient belief that good spirits lived in trees, so by knocking on something wooden, a person was calling on the spirits for protection.
7. OPENING AN UMBRELLA INSIDE A HOUSE
One explanation for this one comes from the days when umbrellas were used as protection from the sun; opening one inside was an insult to the sun god. Another theory: An umbrella protects you against the storms of life, so opening one in your house insults the guardian spirits of your home, causing them to leave you unprotected.
8. Walking Under A Ladder
An open ladder forms a triangle, and triangles were once considered a symbol of life, so walking through that shape was considered tempting your fate. It is also thought that because it has three sides, the triangle symbolizes the Holy Trinity, and breaking it by entering the triangle is bad luck.