Polish FolkPolish FolkBeliefs andBeliefs andSuperstitionsSuperstitions
CirclesCirclesCircles play a large part in Polish mythology. MostCircles play a large part in Polish mythology. Mostancien...
CrossroadsCrossroadsAs in other European traditions, the crossroads in Polish mythology are a sacredAs in other European t...
DivinationDivinationForms of divination in Polish mythology that wereForms of divination in Polish mythology that wereprac...
Fire FlowersFire FlowersIn Polish mythology, fire flowers are mystical blooms. To find this powerfulIn Polish mythology, f...
Magic Belt of PolandMagic Belt of PolandThe Magic Belt of PolandThe Magic Belt of Poland is a special belt in with inscrib...
SpoilingSpoilingIn Polish mythology,In Polish mythology, spoilingspoiling is a term used to mean a curse beingis a term us...
SuperstitionsSuperstitionsSuperstitions have existed since the beginning ofSuperstitions have existed since the beginning ...
Spilling the saltSpilling the saltAs for the spilling saltAs for the spilling saltsuperstition, known ofsuperstition, know...
Red slip-knotRed slip-knotRed slip-knots are also aRed slip-knots are also apopular superstition inpopular superstition in...
TalismansTalismansPeople also believe in the magic power of luckyPeople also believe in the magic power of luckyobjects su...
Superstitions connected with holidaysSuperstitions connected with holidaysThere are also superstitions typical of particul...
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Polish folk beliefs and superstitions

  1. 1. Polish FolkPolish FolkBeliefs andBeliefs andSuperstitionsSuperstitions
  2. 2. CirclesCirclesCircles play a large part in Polish mythology. MostCircles play a large part in Polish mythology. Mostancient Slavic people worshipped in natural circles andancient Slavic people worshipped in natural circles andgroves; and it plays a large part in all kinds of folkgroves; and it plays a large part in all kinds of folkmagic. In all traditions, circles can be made of withmagic. In all traditions, circles can be made of withlighted candles, drawing circles in the soil, or withlighted candles, drawing circles in the soil, or withnatural objects and tools. They are used to surround evilnatural objects and tools. They are used to surround evilor protect oneself from it.or protect oneself from it.
  3. 3. CrossroadsCrossroadsAs in other European traditions, the crossroads in Polish mythology are a sacredAs in other European traditions, the crossroads in Polish mythology are a sacredand magical place where both divination and invocations were uttered. Talismansand magical place where both divination and invocations were uttered. Talismansand amulets were hung or buried there, as well as other spell work was conducted.and amulets were hung or buried there, as well as other spell work was conducted.The crossroads were a place where all places and directions meet; and all timeThe crossroads were a place where all places and directions meet; and all timefaded away into the present moment.faded away into the present moment.The legacy of this tradition can be seen all across present-day Poland, where tens ofThe legacy of this tradition can be seen all across present-day Poland, where tens ofthousands of crosses and statues of the Virgin Mary stand next to major and minorthousands of crosses and statues of the Virgin Mary stand next to major and minorcrossroads. The Catholic Church, as with many other cultures, absorbed what wascrossroads. The Catholic Church, as with many other cultures, absorbed what wasgood in the symbolism of what she found there while utterly transforming itsgood in the symbolism of what she found there while utterly transforming itspurpose. Accordingly crossroads were marked by crosses and statues, as specialpurpose. Accordingly crossroads were marked by crosses and statues, as specialplaces where wayfarers would be under the protection of saints.places where wayfarers would be under the protection of saints.
  4. 4. DivinationDivinationForms of divination in Polish mythology that wereForms of divination in Polish mythology that werepracticed in Poland included the following: Candle waxpracticed in Poland included the following: Candle waxdripped in a glass of water was held up to the light fordripped in a glass of water was held up to the light forinterpretation; herbs thrown on the fire produced smokeinterpretation; herbs thrown on the fire produced smokethat could be interpreted by the shape of patterns itthat could be interpreted by the shape of patterns itmade; finding pysanky patterns in the natural worldmade; finding pysanky patterns in the natural worldwould yield a prediction of fortune.would yield a prediction of fortune.
  5. 5. Fire FlowersFire FlowersIn Polish mythology, fire flowers are mystical blooms. To find this powerfulIn Polish mythology, fire flowers are mystical blooms. To find this powerfulplant the seeker had to enter a forest before midnight on the Eve of Kupala.plant the seeker had to enter a forest before midnight on the Eve of Kupala.The flower would climb up the stalk of the fern, and precisely at midnightThe flower would climb up the stalk of the fern, and precisely at midnightit would bloom so brightly that no one could look directly at it. In order toit would bloom so brightly that no one could look directly at it. In order toharvest it a circle had to be drawn around it, and the seeker had to dealharvest it a circle had to be drawn around it, and the seeker had to dealwith demons trying to distract him/her from doing so. It was said that ifwith demons trying to distract him/her from doing so. It was said that ifyou answered the voices, or faltered during the task, it would sacrifice itsyou answered the voices, or faltered during the task, it would sacrifice itsown life. Anyone possessing this flower gained the ability to read minds, findown life. Anyone possessing this flower gained the ability to read minds, findtreasure, and repel all evils.treasure, and repel all evils.
  6. 6. Magic Belt of PolandMagic Belt of PolandThe Magic Belt of PolandThe Magic Belt of Poland is a special belt in with inscribed symbols significant inis a special belt in with inscribed symbols significant inPolish folk practices which has been missing since the end of the Second WorldPolish folk practices which has been missing since the end of the Second WorldWar. Replicas of some of the symbols are still sold to this day in occult shops onlineWar. Replicas of some of the symbols are still sold to this day in occult shops online..The original belt was 2.28m (89" long) parchment scroll with the magic symbolsThe original belt was 2.28m (89" long) parchment scroll with the magic symbolsinscribed on the outside and the prayers for them written on the inside of the Belt.inscribed on the outside and the prayers for them written on the inside of the Belt.The Knights of Poland used it to protect them from all possible danger. InvokingThe Knights of Poland used it to protect them from all possible danger. Invokingthe talismans, one would take the belt off and stand in a circle with their hairthe talismans, one would take the belt off and stand in a circle with their hairloose. These belts held knives, ladanki and were wore by both women and men. It isloose. These belts held knives, ladanki and were wore by both women and men. It ispossible in these everyday belts and magic belts were embossed with the symbolspossible in these everyday belts and magic belts were embossed with the symbolsand possibly come from the origin of the Key of Solomon.and possibly come from the origin of the Key of Solomon.
  7. 7. SpoilingSpoilingIn Polish mythology,In Polish mythology, spoilingspoiling is a term used to mean a curse beingis a term used to mean a curse beingon someone, or working magic against someone. One way of doingon someone, or working magic against someone. One way of doingthis is measuring out the exact length of someone’s footprint with athis is measuring out the exact length of someone’s footprint with astring, and then burning the string. A footprint in mud or snowstring, and then burning the string. A footprint in mud or snowwas dug up and buried under the victim’s house to cause grief.was dug up and buried under the victim’s house to cause grief.Spoiling may be averted by lighting a candle if you are not face toSpoiling may be averted by lighting a candle if you are not face toface with the culprit, or by spitting on the ground, or by throwingface with the culprit, or by spitting on the ground, or by throwingdirt in the direction of the culprit walking away.dirt in the direction of the culprit walking away.
  8. 8. SuperstitionsSuperstitionsSuperstitions have existed since the beginning ofSuperstitions have existed since the beginning ofmankind. They are the belief that particular events,mankind. They are the belief that particular events,rituals, actions and objects bring good or bad luck.rituals, actions and objects bring good or bad luck.Poland, like any other culture, has its ownPoland, like any other culture, has its ownsuperstitions which we are going to have a closersuperstitions which we are going to have a closerlook at in this article.look at in this article.
  9. 9. Spilling the saltSpilling the saltAs for the spilling saltAs for the spilling saltsuperstition, known ofsuperstition, known ofbringing quarrels, it has itsbringing quarrels, it has itsown history too, that datesown history too, that datesback to Middle Ages whenback to Middle Ages whensalt was very expensive.salt was very expensive.Only the richest could affordOnly the richest could affordto buy this rare spice. Youto buy this rare spice. Youcan imagine a huge quarrelcan imagine a huge quarrelwhen a servant spilt it. Thiswhen a servant spilt it. Thisis why people rememberedis why people rememberedsalt spilling assalt spilling as somethingsomethingthat bringsthat brings bad luck.bad luck.
  10. 10. Red slip-knotRed slip-knotRed slip-knots are also aRed slip-knots are also apopular superstition inpopular superstition inPoland. As red is said, inPoland. As red is said, inmany cultures, to undomany cultures, to undospells, it is very commonspells, it is very commonfor Polish people to attachfor Polish people to attachred slip-knots to a babiesred slip-knots to a babiesstrollerstrollerss or clothes toor clothes toprotect the babyprotect the baby from badfrom badcharm.charm.
  11. 11. TalismansTalismansPeople also believe in the magic power of luckyPeople also believe in the magic power of luckyobjects such as horseshoes, elephants with raisedobjects such as horseshoes, elephants with raisedtrunks and four-leaf clovers. Many superstitioustrunks and four-leaf clovers. Many superstitiouspeople wear talismans or carry lucky stones topeople wear talismans or carry lucky stones toscare evil spirits away. Some students often bringscare evil spirits away. Some students often bringtheir lucky pens to examstheir lucky pens to exams..
  12. 12. Superstitions connected with holidaysSuperstitions connected with holidaysThere are also superstitions typical of particularThere are also superstitions typical of particularholidays. It is believed that if the first person toholidays. It is believed that if the first person toenter a house on a Christmas Eve is a woman, it isenter a house on a Christmas Eve is a woman, it isa bad omen, thus is it more preferable when a mana bad omen, thus is it more preferable when a manis the first to cross the threshold of the house.is the first to cross the threshold of the house.During supper on Christmas Eve, each dish has toDuring supper on Christmas Eve, each dish has tobe sampled. A traditional meal consists of twelvebe sampled. A traditional meal consists of twelvedishes. The more you eat, the more pleasure willdishes. The more you eat, the more pleasure willawait you in the upcoming year.await you in the upcoming year.
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