What is superstition?

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A superstition is a belief or a practice that is not based on facts or events that can be proven. For example, some people believe in the superstition that if a black cat crosses your path, you will have bad luck. The reason this is called a superstition is because no one can prove that any “bad luck” you encounter arose from having a black cat cross your path! Plus, exactly what it would mean to have “bad luck” is also something that cannot be defined -- it’s something everyone would describe in his or her own way! 
The use of superstitions is very old, particularly because for a long time people didn’t have the science to explain the cause and effect of things that happened, like certain weather occurrences or illness. Instead, these unlucky events were often associated with other things that happened (like a black cat crossing your path!) which actually had nothing to do with why someone got the chicken-pox or had rain on their birthday!   
In spite of now having better knowledge of how or why so many things happen, lots of people still believe in superstitions, both new and old. Do you have any you believe in??
by   (whyzz writer)
  • Further information

    Did you know that in some western countries there are is no 13th floor in a large building or a row number 13 in an airplane? Or that people in China view the number 4 as extremely unlucky - the pronounciation of the word for the number 4 sounds like death.

  • Exploration

    A Super Superstition? A lot of the time, people associate superstitions with bad luck, but many superstitions also talk about good luck!

    Some examples include horseshoes or four-leaf clovers, which are both supposed to be symbols of good luck! Have you ever found a four-leaf clover? They're very rare, which is why they're considered so lucky!

    Wishbones are another superstitious bringer-of-good-luck! Have you ever pulled a wishbone with a friend? The wishbone is one of the bones you find when eating a chicken or turkey. It's shaped like a “V,” and each person pulls one side of it. Whoever ends up with the larger half [superstitiously!] has their wish come true!

    Do you know of any other good-luck superstitions??



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