The number 17 is considered unlucky for at least two reasons, both having to do with how it is written. When 17 is written using Roman numerals XVII, it can be rearranged to spell the Roman word VIXI meaning "I have lived" and was found on ancient tombstones. When written using Arabic numerals 17 are still considered unlucky since it resembles a man hanging from a gallows.
XVII In Italy, it is not uncommon to notice that buildings do not have 17th floor, hotels do not have a room 17. The Italian airline carrier, Alitalia, does not have a seat 17. Renault sold its "R17" model in
Concepts of the Evil Eye are some of the most ancient and prevalent superstitions of the entire Mediterranean. Every culture seems to have their own version of the Evil Eye and their own ways to combat it. One thing they all have in common is that the Evil Eye is caused by jealousy and envy. By coveting somebodys possessions or more importantly admiring another familys newborn baby can cause a curse, even if envious person did not mean it.
To test for the evil eye a drop of oil is placed on a plate. If the oil forms one large drop in the middle of the plate- it is a sure sign of the Evil Eye, but after chanting the right prayers that only women are allowed to know, the oil will break up into tiny droplets and spread out. The curse will be broken.
The Devils Horn (Corno) An offshoot of the Evil Eye curse is the use of the Corno, or Devils Horn amulet. These twisted red coral, gold or silver amulets are often worn as necklaces by men to ward off curses on their "manliness" - very similar to a Mojo. Although most men who wear one will say it represents one of the horns of the devil, the Corno (also known as Cornuto or Cornicello) predates Christianity by thousands of years. Related to the Corno is the hand gesture known as the mano cornuta, which also wards off the Evil Eye by extending only the pinkie and index finger like a pair of horns and pointing it down. When this gesture is made pointing upward (similar to the heavy metal salute to the Devil) it is as an insult to somebody, meaning their husband or wife is unfaithful.
Never lay a loaf of bread upside down…. since bread is the body of Crist,it’s disrespectful. Follow that up with never stick a knife into a loaf of bread…which obviously doesn’t include cutting it. Never cross arms when shaking hands in a group or toasting in a group…bad luck. Always look into the other person’s eyes when toasting…. 7 years bad sex. Trimming your nails on certain days will bring bad luck. Right hand itching means money left means you will fight with a friend. Never walk over a child that is laying on the ground or bring the child bad luck. Never leave hanging clothes to dry over night, especially childrens clothes, or a demon may have access to the person. If left out after dark the sun of the next day must touch them before being brought in. Sitting at the corner of the table means your will not get married. Broom upside down behind door means you will marry an old man.