Superstitions Essay

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Superstitions
Superstitions come from many regions around the world; it is taught to us by our parents and our grandparents, and it’s passed down through the generations. The thought that bad things can happen to you when a mirror breaks or when you walk under a ladder. Superstitions are believed to be omens of things that can go wrong. The dictionary tells us that superstitions are a belief or way of behaving based on fear of the unknown and faith in magic or luck. Such as the beliefs my family has handed down to me.
Did you know that what you may think as being polite and saying “God bless you” when someone sneezes is a tradition that comes from superstition? It is because at one ...view middle of the document...

There are even Hex signs for virtues that you want in your home, for good luck and happiness or strength and longevity. Dutch Hex signs go back about 300 years, and played an important part of the German and Dutch traditions. My own family had a Distelfink Hex sign hanging outside our house; which has a golden finch eating a thistle seed to bring good luck and happiness, it also had hearts with tulips for love and faith.
The other superstitions taught to me by my family was to never cross paths with a black cat, never open an umbrella in the house, and never walk under a ladder. Being the curious child I was, I asked my grandma why I could never cross the path of a black cat, and her reason was that the black cat could be a witch’s familiar and carry a curse. When I asked my grandpa about not being able to open an umbrella in the house, he explained that he did not know why it was bad luck to open an umbrella in the house. But when I asked about walking under the ladder, he told me you could not walk under a ladder because then evil will come for you because you’re breaking of the holy trinity. He went on to explain that once my great-grandmother unknowingly walked under a ladder that someone placed at the front door, so when she went to ring the dinner bell she unknowing walked under it. My great-grandmother and all the women in the family stopped working and went screaming for my great-grandfather, as now she was cursed by the devil. My great-grandfather made everyone go outside and no one could have dinner until the local minister came to our family farm to bless the house and prayed over my great-grandmother. Once my great-grandfather found out it was one of the cousins that set the ladder there, he beat the kid and told my great-uncle not to bring that heathen...

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