Have you ever thought about what an important role in our lives play a superstition? It all starts from childhood when black cats seem real devil incarnate, constantly running across our path, and a neighbor with an empty bucket will automatically become a witch, a meeting which does not bode well.
And who does not put a nickel in the boot, in the vain hope of getting control of the top five? Growing up, we did not even believe in omens, still does not start important things on Monday and certainly not celebrating forty years. For luck. Bad.
Especially a lot of will, seemingly causeless prohibiting certain actions. So let's see, where did we come all these strange and often ridiculous superstition? Why not…
Why can not you do anything on Friday the 13th?
The belief in a horrible day, Friday the 13th supposedly came from a loose interpretation of the Old Testament. Ostensibly this day Cain killed his brother Abel. Over time, this legend has acquired a huge amount of speculation, making the figure 13 in a terrible sign of the troubles and misfortunes. For example, in the Last Supper we counted 13 participants, and the betrayal of Judas was first mentioned in the 13th chapter of the Gospel.
Over time, the fear of 13 has only worsened. For example, Franklin Roosevelt never traveled on the 13th, some hospitals do not have the 13th Chamber, and in some hotels 13th floor. And in a family where there are thirteen children, one of them will grow up a criminal.
Why can not transmit anything over the threshold?
Say, well, do not you know people who never say hello, and even more do not transmit anything over the threshold? What do you think, where this strange superstitions come from? The thing is that in ancient times the ashes of ancestors kept under the threshold of the house, and to disturb them, handing anything over the threshold, it was considered extremely dangerous.
That is why one can not sit on the threshold, which is still considered to be the boundary between the two worlds - a safe home and a hostile world, or of worse - the living world and the world of the dead.
Why can not I go back to the half-way?
This superstition is also related to a threshold and that its function boundaries between the worlds. Before reaching the goal, the man returns home weakened, and it is on the threshold of the border-it can wait for anything - from unnecessary anxiety offended the spirits of ancestors, to entities that wanted to seep into our world. To counteract failures, to draw back, leaving again, is worth a look in the mirror, is able to double the force and energy of a person.
Why can not give hours
Even now, in our enlightened age, such a gift as the clock is considered undesirable. Why is that?
I believe it has come to us from China, where it is considered as if to receive a gift is considered to be an invitation to watch the funeral. We also believed that donated the clock will count down the period of friendship with the man, and then take the time to rest his life. In addition, the clocks are sharp objects, which, together with the stitching, to give it is not recommended to avoid quarrels and mutual resentment.
To counteract the ravages of hours, you need to ask for a coin for them - then it will be assumed that you do not watch presented and sold.
Why can not we celebrate forty years?
Forty years - a unique anniversary, which is not accepted to celebrate, especially for men. At the heart of this tradition is the notion of the relationship of the numeral "forty" with death. Presumably, this is due to the fact that even in Kievan Rus was made "to check the dead" on the imperishable, and in the XVII century, the period of which determines the incorrupt relics, was set to 40 days. Therefore, the number "forty" is directly linked to the funeral. Especially since it is so "in tune" with the memorial, the fortieth day after the death, and indeed, in all religions it is considered fatal.
Accordingly, one who celebrates the fortieth anniversary - does not show proper respect to any dead, nor death, and therefore incur the disease, failure, and even death.
Why can not you just leave the house, and the need to "sit on the track?"
This is based on the sign pradavney people's faith in good and evil spirits that control the world. It was believed that domestic spirits cling to man, preventing him on the road and trying to bring back, and therefore will not be a good road. Sitting down in front of a long journey, the spirits can be fooled - they think if no one anywhere is not going, and lose vigilance. This means that you can hit the road will be without unnecessary "baggage". Incidentally, this sign resonates with a ban on returning to the floor of the road. Spirits can get angry at the fact that they were deceived, and cause even more mischief on the road.
Especially, in this there are signs of a practical explanation - always useful to sit down, put in order thoughts and more time to think things through before a long journey.
Why can not I have a knife?
They say if you have a knife, you will become angry. Why is that? The thing is that this familiar to us the knife has a long and rich history.
Knife - one of the first and the main instruments of protection and human food production and therefore from the very beginning of time, he was not just a piece of metal, and the subject of having a sacred significance. The knife was considered not only tools, but also an instrument of protection - both the real dangers, and from every kind of evil. Such an important magic item require special treatment, and was used only after special rituals. There with him - meant to offend the spirits, which make a person angry and aggressive. Moreover, in this way can be cut commonplace.
Why can not anything to pick at the crossroads?
Crossroads has always been a mysterious place where literally cross worlds - ours and invisible. At intersections spends a lot of rituals, which are not always focused on the good and justice. A lot of people passing through the intersection, said if there feeling strange anxiety. It is likely that the power of self-hypnosis is effective and can not ...
It is believed, though if "translate" an illness or misfortune on some thing and throw it to the crossroads, it will take away the evil spirits. It is in order to not take other people's troubles, and does not cost anything to pick at the crossroads, because the more expensive the item found there, the more serious the trouble or disease, mixed by her.
Why can not I go in one shoe?
This omen complied with at all times. The old people say that if a person allows himself to go to a shoe or a sneaker, he very early became an orphan. Even the Bible says, "Every creature on the pair." Shoes have always symbolized the union. Two shoes - a pair. Severing a pair of shoes, you disconnect those who gave you life. And it is your parents. Gender trouble if your parents did not work to live together, and they simply disperse. And if the family of true love, the death, except nothing will be able to separate the loving hearts.
Why can not after sunset out the trash
This is probably the most popular with men sign) In principle, it knows everyone, but not known to all its roots.
Firstly, it is believed that if take out the trash after sunset, for you will go to gossip, and no wonder - for what would make the joy of the house for something under the cover of darkness? After neighbors bdyat pereminut not discuss it, why are you so hide your trash. They say, though, taking out the trash at night, you take out the money from the house, but it does not give a logical explanation completely. Another explanation has to do with a belief in good and evil spirits. To the good spirits went into the house at night (of course to protect the household from evil spirits), you need to prepare for their visit and learn from home all dirty. Who did not, that was late, and the point in garbage pickup, respectively, and no.