Some People still belief and superstitions
A superstition is “a belief or practice resulting from ignorance, fear of the unknown, trust in magic or chance, or a false conception of causation” or “an irrational abject attitude of mind toward the supernatural, nature, or God resulting from superstition. Often, it arises from ignorance, a misunderstanding of Science or causality a belief in fate or magic, or fear of that which is unknown. It is commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy, and certain spiritual beings, particularly the belief that future events can be foretold by specific (apparently) unrelated prior events. The word superstition is often used to refer to a religion not practiced by the majority of a given society regardless of whether the prevailing religion contains alleged superstitions.
Disclaimer: The below mentioned are few superstition belief I have heard from people around and my grandparents and parents. Therefore, I do not have any way to prove the below given superstitions. Believing or not is totally your choice to make. All I have done is collected some I heard from people during interaction but you leave a comment below to share your point of view.
People still belied in superstitions; some few are mentioned below:
- Never cross the road if you see cat passing your way, it may bring bad luck your way. Something wrong may happened to you. (Are you kidding me what cat has to do with your luck?)
- Never meet your girlfriend if you are involved or participating on any tournament or any types of games which is important to you. Meeting any girls you date with before your match brings bad luck. You may lose the game. (I love to meet the person who said so, what you have to say?)
- If you are on your way for a long journey or for some important work. You will not be successful or you will have a journey very smooth one if you see an empty water pot. But seeing a bucket or pot full of water is a sign of good luck. (Do you belief this?)
- Never trim your hair or cut your nail on the week day you are born because doing so may cause you 7 years of bad luck (WTF? Seriously)
- The first oranges weren’t orange; the original oranges from Southeast Asia were a tangerine-pomelo hybrid, and they were actually green. In fact, oranges in warmer regions like Vietnam and Thailand still stay green through maturity.
- Fact: There’s only one letter that doesn’t appear in any U.S. state name. Can you guess the answer to this random fact? You’ll find a Z (Arizona), a J (New Jersey), and even two X’s (New Mexico and Texas) but not a single Q. To find out here is the list of 50 US states.
- Whenever, we talked about someone’s personality or something good about him or her and if the same person step in right at that moment. He or she will have a long life
- If you to mistakenly bite your tough. You will get chance to have non veg very soon. Do remember this, and I do believe in this. I personally have experience quite a lot times.
- Fact: Johnny Appleseed’s fruits weren’t for eating. Yes, there was a real John Chapman who planted thousands of apple trees on U.S. soil. But the apples on those trees were much bitterer than the ones you’d find in the supermarket today. “Johnny Appleseed” didn’t expect his fruits to be eaten whole, but rather made into hard apple cider.
- Fact: Scotland has 421 words for “snow”. Yes! 421. That’s too many fun facts about snow.
- Fact: Samsung tests phone durability with a butt-shaped robot. Do these interesting facts have you rethinking everything? People stash their phones in their back pockets all the time, which is why Samsung created a robot that is shaped like a butt—and yes, even wears jeans—to “sit” on their phones to make sure they can take the pressure.
- Fact: Peanuts aren’t technically nuts. They’re legumes. According to Merriam-Webster, a nut is only a nut if it’s “a hard-shelled dry fruit or seed with a separable rind or shell and interior kernel.” That means walnuts, almonds, cashews, and pistachios aren’t nuts either. They’re seeds.
- Fact: The longest English word is 189,819 letters long. We won’t spell it out here (though you can read it here), but the full name for the protein nicknamed titin would take three and a half hours to say out loud.
Fact about superstition
Although there is no single definition of superstition, it generally means a belief in supernatural forces – such as fate – the desire to influence unpredictable factors and a need to resolve uncertainty. In this way then, individual beliefs and experiences drive superstitions, which explains why they are generally irrational and often defy current scientific wisdom.
Psychologists who have investigated what role superstitions play have found that they derive from the assumption that a connection exists between co-occurring, non-related events. For instance, the notion that charms promote good luck, or protect you from bad luck.
Black cats are less likely to be adopted. Does superstition play a part? Shutter stock
For many people, engaging with superstitious behaviors provides a sense of control and reduces anxiety – which is why levels of superstition increase at times of stress and angst. This is particularly the case during times of economic crisis and social uncertainty – notably wars and conflicts. Indeed, Researchers have observed how in Germany between 1918 and 1940 measures of economic threat correlated directly with measures of superstition.
Superstitious beliefs have been shown to help promote a positive mental attitude. Although they can lead to irrational decisions, such as trusting in the merits of good luck and destiny rather than sound decision making.
Carrying charms, wearing certain clothes, visiting places associated with good fortune, preferring specific colors and using particular numbers are all elements of superstition. And although these behaviors and actions can appear trivial, for some people, they can often affect choices made in the real world.
Lucky horseshoes. Shutter stock Superstitions can also give rise to the notion that objects and places are cursed. Such as the Annabelle the Doll – who featured in The Conjuring and two other movies – and is said to be inhabited by the spirit of a dead girl. A more traditional illustration is the Curse of the Pharaohs, which is said to be cast upon any person who disturbs the mummy of an Ancient Egyptian person – especially a pharaoh.
Numbers themselves can also often be associated with curses. For example, the figure 666 in a license plate is often featured in stories of misfortune. The most famous case was the number plate “ARK 666Y”, which is believed to have caused mysterious vehicle fires and “bad vibes” for passengers.
Superstition is also highly prevalent within sport – especially in highly competitive situations. Four out of five professional athletes report engaging with at least one superstitious behavior prior to performance. Within sport, superstitions have been shown to reduce tension and provide a sense of control over unpredictable, chance factors.
Superstitions practices tend to vary across sports, but there are similarities. Within football, gymnastics and athletics, for example, competitors reported praying for success, checking appearance in mirror and dressing well to feel better prepared. Players and athletes also engage with personalized actions and behaviors – such as wearing lucky clothes, kit and charms.
Dayton baseball players try to bring good luck by twirling their fingers. Shutter stock
Famous sportspeople often display superstitious behaviors. Notably, basketball legend Michael Jordan concealed his lucky North Carolina shorts under his Chicago Bulls team kit. Similarly, the tennis legend Bjorn Bork, reportedly wore the same brand of shirt when preparing for Wimbledon.
Rafael Nadal has an array of rituals that he performs each time he plays. These include the manner in which he places his water bottles and taking freezing cold showers. Nadal believes these rituals help him to find focus, flow and perform well.
Walking under ladders
What all this shows is that superstitions can provide reassurance and can help to reduce anxiety in some people. But while this may well be true, research has shown that actions associated with superstitions can also become self-reinforcing – in that the behavior develops into a habit and failure to perform the ritual can actually result in anxiety.
This is even though the actual outcome of an event or situation is still dependent on known factors – rather than unknown supernatural forces. A notion consistent with the often quoted maxim, “the harder you work (practice) the luckier you get”.
So the next time you break a mirror, see a black cat or encounter the number 13 – don’t worry too much about “bad luck”, as its most likely just a trick of the mind.