what is western superstition

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  • 1 decade ago
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    A superstition is the belief that events are influenced by specific behaviors, without having a causal relationship.


    A single magpie is considered a sign of bad luck.

    A gambler may credit a winning streak in poker to a lucky rabbit's foot or to sitting in a certain chair, rather than to skill or to the law of averages.[citation needed]

    Many believe that if all of the candles on a birthday cake are blown out with one breath, while making a silent wish, the wish will come true.[citation needed]

    Tetraphobia is widespread in China, Japan, Korea, and Hawaii; the number's use is minimized or avoided where possible. This is because the Chinese word for 4, sì, sounds nearly the same as the word for death, sǐ (死). Mobile telephone numbers with 4 in them sell for less and some buildings even skip level four, labeling it the 5th floor instead. One of the Japanese words for 4, shi, is also homonymous with the kanji in the word for death, shi of shinu. (However, there is another word for four in Japan that does not sound like death: yon.) In Korea, number '4' is pronounced as sa (사 四) and is homonymous with 'death (사 死)'. Some, but not all, Korean buildings have the fourth floor written as 'F' floor.

    Triskaidekaphobia--In many Western cultures the number 13 is perceived as unlucky; 12a is sometimes used as a subsitute and some buildings skip floor 13 completely.

    Many believe that the United States two-dollar bill brings bad luck. Gamblers sometimes call it a "deuce", a term for two which also means "devil." To "undo", one of the bill's corners must be torn off, forming a triangle, an ancient symbol of life. If you receive a bill with no corners left, it must be torn all up.

    Spilling salt may cause a fight or argument during this day. There are several options to "undo" this which seem to relate to various ways of acknowledging the fact that salt was spilled with others present at the scene. One way to revert this is tossing some salt over one's left shoulder.

    Once leaving a residence it is bad luck to return if something was forgotten. If so, to "undo" the superstition, look in a mirror. Some people also believe smiling at oneself or showing one's tongue to oneself through a mirror is necessary.[citation needed]

    When a black cat crosses one's path, something will happen if one crosses the line where the cat passed. To "undo" either wait for someone who didn't know about the black cat to cross the path or think of another route.

    At times, a horseshoe may be found above doorways. When positioned like a regular 'U' it supposedly collects luck. However, when it is positioned like an upside-down 'U' the luck supposedly drains.

    If someone leaves a residence, nothing can be cleaned until that person gets to the next immediate destination. If cleaning is done, something may happen on his/her way. There appears to be no way to "undo" this. Although very rarely do people believe in this.

    Breaking a mirror may bring bad luck for 7 years. To "undo" this, take the shards of glass and bury them underneath the moonlight. In ancient times, the mirror was said to be a window to the viewer's soul. If that mirror were to break, it would take time (or 7 years) for that 'cracked' soul to heal as 'time heals all wounds'.

    If a penny is found heads up, it will grant good luck, however, tails up will grant bad luck.

    If one walks underneath an open ladder it brings bad luck.

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  • Mimi
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    1 decade ago

    western: 西方的

    superstition :迷信行為

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