Nearly half of the day Germany believes in omens. Sociological Institute in Allensbach conducted a 2005 study on the subject, interviewing more than 1,000 adult citizens of the country.
In England, is also considered a good omen for the first day of the month to say the words "white rabbit" to the whole month to be successful. Each caught fall leaves provide good luck for one month of the coming year.
Is considered bad luck to walk under a ladder, to see one magpie (while some forty have the opposite meaning), to disclose the umbrella, standing at the door, put on the table new shoes.
In some parts of England is a terrible sign to meet two or three crows. To attract good luck, the British are sometimes carrying dried rabbit's foot as a charm. It is also desirable to have a home peacock feather, because it is iridescent spots excellent protection against the evil eye.
In Scotland respected cats. Local residents have long believed that a stranger came to the porch white cat promises prosperity to the owner at home.
Residents of the Netherlands, by contrast, do not trust these animals. It is not accepted to let the cat in a room where there is a discussion of personal family matters — otherwise it will spread gossip around town.
In France, the young girls are also very wary of these animals, if an unmarried girl comes cat's tail — so still a long 12 months, she did not find Mr Right.
"In the above-mentioned German omens are present in many older women. So here believe that if the rain in the morning, the afternoon will be the sun, but if the old woman's throat. Considered a bad omen in the morning to meet on the streets of old the woman. If this happens, her greeting necessarily be answered: The same to you. Just in case … "
In Sweden, a very revered Easter. At this time, is not accepted to marry or baptize children, and more recently on Good Friday did not work cinemas. According to local belief is that in the week of Easter witches show maximum activity, going on their broomsticks for a meeting with the devil. So in order to drive out evil spirits of his hearth, which could confuse the house and fly through the tube in a strange, burning in the fireplace made nine different kinds of wood.
In Sweden, until recently there was a pretty brutal tradition on Good Friday, young men armed themselves with birch twigs and lashed them living in the village girls as long as they did not give them something to drink.
Eye of the evil eye
Italians fear of objects, events, and especially people who, in their opinion, can bring misfortune. Many people protect themselves from the evil eye charms and prayers, with which hung their bodies, houses and cars. Additionally Italians spend lots of money on astrologers, fortune tellers and other magicians — in the order of insurance against the evil eye.
Not all Italians attend church regularly, but all without exception believe unsolvable mysteries and wonders.
In Italy, a good sign is to hear the cat's sneeze, which promises good luck. But the bird has flown into a home — not good. Dislike of feathered even extends to some feathers, especially peacock, which are at the top spot, suspiciously similar to the "evil eye."
Superstitious Italian nuns at the sight certainly try to touch any metal objects to keep to yourself lucky. Bad man can say to his companion or any other person, "Your sister," and, therefore, give him bad luck.
Italians who died under his head and put a pinch of salt in a coffin all put their personal items, such as lighters or pipes so it does not even think for them to return.
"Greece is not like crows, which are thought to bring bad news. Greeks believe that these birds can predict death. When the Greeks heard cawing crows, he said to her, Go your way, and bring me the good news."
As a means to fight against the evil eye amulets Greeks used the Eye, painted on a blue background, or a clear blue. To avoid the evil eye amulet worn: blue glass eye. Blue, is believed to be a color that reflects the evil eye. To ward off the evil eye and can spit three times on his chest or to the side of who wish the best.
"Some Greeks believe that spitting devil throws and failure. This is why, when someone says bad news (death, accident, etc.), others spit in the direction of three times, saying ftou, ftou, ftou."
Another Greek means to combat the devil's wiles — salt. Salt is purified from the devil new homes, it can also get rid of the uninvited guest or overstayer. Only need to add salt or quietly where he is, or waking her behind him so that he did not notice. At night, the salt must be something to cover, or on the body of the inhabitants of the apartment or house can be a rash or warts.
Greeks never handed knives to someone who asks for it, because they believe that if they do, they will struggle with the man, so that they first make an incision on the table, and then let someone else take it.
Unlike other countries, in Greece, a bad day — Tuesday 13th, not Friday.
Getting rid of the wiles of the devil
For the Spaniards, as well as for the Greeks, there is nothing worse when the 13th falls on a number Tuesday. The word "Tuesday" ("martes") derives from the name of the god of war Mars, and in ancient times, uniquely associated with death. Bad thing is to cut the day nails or hair, because with them, you can crop your life.
A common superstition in Spain related to salt, is prohibited to transfer the table salt shaker from hand to hand, it absolutely necessary to put on the table to take his salt who asks himself. This provides spiritual "purity" of salt.
There is an unspoken ban on open umbrellas in every room. Otherwise, you can unleash the evil which later can even lead to the house of death.
Left open scissors is a bad sign, but not in the south of Spain, where scissors disclosed in the form of a cross, traditionally placed at the bedside of the pregnant woman, to save her labor pains. However they are not accepted to give, and on who will point cusps fallen scissors, expects trouble.
"In the north-west of the country, in Galicia, which is considered the traditional home of witches, There is a legend of the Holy company — a long line of dead people walking through the woods at night. Whoever sees the string of himself forever to join. Avoid this , you should not go out in the full moon. "
In Madrid, there is a church Ermita de San Isidro, in which the girls are wondering about their future fate. Every year on May 15 many young ladies come to church and brought with them put the needle in a special container. The one who is at this point prick, soon find a husband. Popular tradition is that the front of the church on this day queues of wanting to get married as soon as possible.
Neighbors Spanish — Portuguese — are most afraid of the wiles of the devil, who lies in wait for them everywhere and can be in many different guises. From Satan well to wearing the chest figures hands folded in fig. In addition, in most homes, even uninhabited, always hanging over the entrance to the horseshoe.
When the Portuguese frightened or he faces death, the devil can put off by a complex spell, which lists the 12 holiest Christian subjects and concepts. First, read the spell in a direct manner, then in reverse. And, most importantly, do not be mistaken, because if mistakes spell expires.
"The Portuguese believe that the evil eye does not work, if you wear an amulet with the names of the four evangelists or package Arruda (rue). Yet even with all these amulets protected person when he looks at someone with bad eyes, will release his shirt out of his pants — so accepted . "
"The Portuguese are also afraid of bad air that can come from a woman with Regulus, a pregnant woman, excommunicated from the church, cemetery and dead. Under the influence of the air dough stop coming, the wounds will not heal, and the wine turns to vinegar, they say."
In this country, believe in witches and use different methods for their detection. For example, it is argued that if the priest during Mass missal leave open on a particular page, the witch can not come out of the church as long as the ritual is closed.
Many different signs and superstitions survived to the present day and in Asia. In China, for example, many superstitions connected with the broom. Use should be strictly for home cleaning or other conventional facilities. Tradition has it that in every broom dwells the spirit, so be lightly apply it in to the game or to clean the sacred objects — altars, statues of household gods that must be cleaned with a cloth or a special brush. The New Year is forbidden to use a broom for three days, not to "sweep away" from the house of luck with debris.
It is strictly forbidden to beat someone with a broom — it is a very bad sign, which is equivalent to long-term curse. Especially bad if the broom with the head.
In Chinese society discouraged the wearing of beards and mustaches, as the bearded vulture or barbells can easily bring failure not only for themselves but also for his family.
Another belief for nails: they can not be cut at night, unless you want to attract visitors from another world. In addition, nail clippings have carefully each time to collect and hide in a place inaccessible to the enemies, because they can be used in a ritual curse.
Great importance to the Chinese is the magic number. Lucky number is the word "eight" (phonetically resembles the word "luck"), and unhappy — "four", which sounds like "death." Accordingly, the number 8 are trying to use as often as possible, and ignore four, avoiding its occurrence in non cars, apartments and streets. Other bad numbers are 1 (alone) and 7.
Similar signs exist in Japan. "Four" is pronounced in Japanese as shi, echoing the word "death" and "Nine» (ku) resembles the word "pain." Accordingly, these figures do not enjoy in the land of the rising sun much love and popularity, for example, in hospitals is not usually the 4th and 9th floors.
Many Japanese signs deal death. It should not be upright stick chopsticks into the rice. Pillows should never be directed to the north (just so laid dead on the funeral ceremony).
By superstitions that are associated with death, the Japanese are very serious. For example, if you're shooting with two other people, avoid getting in the middle, or you might incur the death or serious accident. Also on the safe side curtain at night mirror in the bedroom, or in the afterlife will be a special woman who will take you there permanently.
You can not answer a man when he's talking in his sleep — it can bring misfortune. If the first person you met today — a woman, then the rest of the day to go through successfully. If it is — a Buddhist monk, then get ready for the worst.
As you can see, the belief in omens everywhere preserved, despite the development of modern technology, scientific discoveries, general education. But, at the same time, to avoid superstition — also a kind of superstition. So thought the English philosopher Francis Bacon. And, basically, he's right …
Category: Mystery and Mysticism