Superstition is a belief in supernatural causality: that one event leads to the cause of another without any process in the physical world linking the two events. Opposition to superstition was a central concern of the intellectuals during the 18th century Age of Enlightenment. The philosophes at that time ridiculed any belief in miracles, revelation, magic, or thesupernatural, as "superstition," and typically included as well much of Christian doctrine.
Different parts of the country have their ownparticular superstitions designed to bring goodfortune, health and wealth to their house andoccupants.
EXAMPLES: Good LuckLucky to meet a black cat. Black Cats arefeatured on many good luck greetings cards andbirthday cards in England.
Lucky to touch wood. We touch; knock onwood, to make something come true.Lucky to find a clover plant with four leaves.
A horseshoe over the door bringsgood luck. But the horseshoe needs tobe the right way up. The luck runs outof the horseshoe if it is upside down.
Bad LuckUnlucky to walk underneath a ladderSeven years bad luck to break a mirror. The superstition issupposed to have originated in ancient times, when mirrorswere considered to be tools of the gods.
Unlucky to spill salt. If you do, you must throw itover your shoulder to counteract the bad luck. In Yorkshire, housewives used to believe that bread would not rise if there was a corpse (dead body) in the vicinity, and to cut off both ends of the loaf would make the Devil fly over the house!
Animal SuperstitionsAnimals feature a lot in our superstitions as they do insuperstitions around the world.It is said to be bad luck if you see bats flying and heartheir cries. In the middle ages it was believed thatwitches were closely associated with bats.
If a Sparrow enters a house it is an omen of death toone of the people who live there. In some areas it isbelieved that to avoid bad luck, any Sparrow caughtmust be immediately killed otherwise the person whocaught it will die.It is thought very unlucky to havethe feathers of a Peacock withinthe home or handle anythingmade with them. This is possiblybecause of the eye shape presentupon these feathers i.e. the Evil-Eye associated with wickedness.
All people have superstitions. Never mind the times we live or how they are developed societies. And the British people have many superstitions about things they consider good or bad luck. The importance that the British have in these superstitions is great because they are things that they believe will help them in their future and try to avoid bad luck not to have misfortune for them, their families and people close to them.
My opinion on the British superstition is that I think every culture has something else to believe in such as with black cats considered beyond the good luck and elsewhere in the world considered bad luck and they are beliefs that people have and hence not be against or criticize because they are things in which they believe and only there to respect the opinion of the people and their thoughts.
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