Superstitious Beliefs

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SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEFS
INTRODUCTION
Over a period of time, superstitious beliefs have rooted themselves firmly in our society, so much so that it is virtually impossible for the person to ignore them. They have made a place for themselves in all the walks of life, including politics and sports. Politicians resorting to the astrological predictions is not at all rare. On the other hand, examples of superstitions in sports include cricketers carrying a coloured handkerchief in their pocket, or soccer players putting their right foot first when they enter the field. Such superstitious practices are found all over the world. Basically, superstitious beliefs and practices are illogical assumptions based on one particular incident, which are then
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Horseshoes have been used as protection from the evil in many European and Middle Eastern households.
Covering a Yawn
Some ancient theorists feared that the soul could sort of slip out of the body during a yawn, cresting an opportunity for evil spirits to get in and trash the place. Also some ancient man had observed that new-borns, struggling to survive, yawn shortly after birth (a reflexive response to draw additional oxygen into the lungs). With infant mortality extraordinarily high, early physicians, at a loss to account for frequent deaths, blamed the yawn. The helpless baby simply could not cover its mouth with a protective hand. Roman physicians actually recommended that a mother be particularly vigilant during the early months of life and cover any of her new-born’s yawns until they could learn to do it themselves. However, at present it is just considered rude not covering a yawn since it is contagious.
The Unlucky 13
Surveys show that of all bad luck superstitions, unease surrounding the number 13 is the one that affects most people today—and in almost countless ways. Ancient Egyptians associated the number 13 with death, which later led to the fear of this number. The widely known story behind 13 being unlucky is that of Last Supper. We all know, Judas, the betrayer of Jesus was the 13th guest at the meal. In ancient Rome, witches reportedly gathered in groups of 12. The…