The world is a vast and wonderful place, filled with people of various cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs. A lifetime would not suffice to learn about every nuance of humanity and our history of how we are who we are today. There are cultures beyond our general knowledge, localized values beyond our understanding. And it’s all beautiful in the sense that no matter where we’re from, humans always try to find something to believe in. One such category of these beliefs is superstitions.
The world is a vast and wonderful place, filled with people of various cultures, backgrounds, and beliefs. A lifetime would not suffice to learn about every nuance of humanity and our history of how we are who we are today. There are cultures beyond our general knowledge, localized values beyond our understanding. And it’s all beautiful in the sense that no matter where we’re from, humans always try to find something to believe in. One such category of these beliefs is superstitions. And they’re more common than we think, I mean, we all have a friend who thinks Real Madrid wins every time he wears that one particular pair of shorts.
In this age of immense advancement in science, many are quick to dismiss superstitions as a figment of people’s thirst for something mystical. However, there is a whole generation that still believes in a set of them. And mind you, superstitions are not just “Boomer” talk; knocking on wood is a superstition too. And whether you are superstitious or “a little stitious” (long live Michael Scott!), or call bullshit on all of it, you cannot deny that they are fascinating as hell. So here’s a list of rare superstitions from around the globe!
Argentina has a superstition that seventh sons turn into werewolves unless they’re adopted by the president. Cristina Fernández de Kirchner, Argentina’s president from 2007 to 2015, was said to have adopted a boy as her godson because of the centuries-old superstition.
There are several lores linked to mirrors, like the one that says a mirror breaking inside the house brings about bad luck or death in the family. But the most bizarre one comes from Mexico which says that placing two mirrors facing each other opens a gateway for the devil to enter into your life!
Trimming nails at night
In India, it is believed that trimming your nails at night could bring about bad luck or even premature death. This however can be explained as a fear put in place many years ago to prevent people from using sharp objects to cut their nails in the dark, for obvious reasons.
Whistling while indoors is believed to be an invitation to demons in Lithuania. So if you’re ever there, please only resort to humming your favorite tunes.
Tuesday the 13th
You’ve heard of Friday the 13th being sinister, however, in Spain, it is Tuesday the 13th that gets people agitated. Martes, Tuesday in Spanish, comes from the Roman god of war, Mars, forever tying the day to violence, death, and bloodshed. In addition, Constantinople supposedly fell on a Tuesday during the Fourth Crusade. And then Ottoman Turks supposedly claimed the city on a Tuesday more than 200 years later. I’d say these couple of incidents on the same day do warrant the agitation.
Sleeping with your head to the North
A Japanese superstition depicts that sleeping with your head to the North brings bad luck because that’s how the dead are laid to rest. The same applies to sleeping with your head to the west in Africa.
Bird poop landing on your shoulder is believed to bring good luck in India, and bird poop landing on you or anything that belongs to you is believed to bring in wealth in Russia.
You can’t help but wonder if this was made up to make some poor chap feel better after a bird let one loose on him.
Bird in the house
While in many parts of the world, a bird in the house signifies death, in Italy, an owl inside the house is an omen of death. Any Italian kids headed to Hogwarts probably only picked cats and toads as pets, if you know what I mean.
Pregnant women and their cravings
Now here’s a coocoo one for you- there’s a Canadian superstition that expectant mothers who are craving fish but don’t eat it will end up having a baby with a fish-head.
Don’t wear red during a storm
In the Philippines, it’s believed that the color red attracts lightning. It is a shame though, because can you imagine the spectacular contrast of red against a gloomy backdrop?
So, what’s the most eccentric superstition you’ve heard of?