10 Strangest Superstitions From Around The World
Do you avoid ladders, pavement cracks and black cats? Or are you far too rational to believe in old wives’ tales? Whatever your stance on superstitions, their origins are fascinating .
Here are some of the more bizarre beliefs from around the world.
1. In Spain: People in Spain believe that Tuesday the 13th and not Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. Tuesday, which is “Martes” in Spanish, is derived from mars, which in the Middle Ages was called “little evil”.
2. In China: In China, the number four is considered incredibly unlucky because it sounds very close to the word for “death.” Some buildings even refuse to have a fourth floor.
3. In Egypt: Owls are said to be unlucky in Egypt, as they bring bad news for the one who happens to see or hear the bird.
4. In Russia: They say carrying an empty bucket or even seeing someone carrying an empty bucket is a bad omen. This probably stemmed from the fact that Tsar Alexander II was assassinated by a man with an empty bucket.
5. In Rwanda: In Rwanda, women are taught not to eat the meat of goats because eating it will cause them to grow facial hair.
6. In Finland: In Finland (and some other parts of the world), killing a spider means it will rain the next day.
7. In Senegal: In Senegal, they say to keep your travel plans to yourself. If anyone learns about your upcoming vacation or move, they say it is destined to be ruined.
8. In Malaysia:A common belief in Malaysia is that if you sit on a pillow, it will cause your bottom and backside to be covered in boils, blisters, and other sores.
9. In France:In France, it’s believed to be good luck to step in dog poop with your left foot, but bad luck to step in it with your right.
10. In Turkey:In some parts of Turkey, it is believed that if you are chewing gum at night, it’s actually rotting dead flesh. So you might want to think twice about popping a piece of Dubble Bubble.