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SUPERSTITIONS INTRODUCTION Superstition a belief or practice generally regarded as irrational and as resulting from ignorance or from fear of the unknown It implies a belief in unseen and unknown forces that can be influenced by objects and rituals Magic witchcraft and occultism are often referred to as superstitions In general superstitious practices are most common in situations involving a high degree of uncertainty The question of what is or is not superstitious however is relative One persons religious beliefs can be anothers superstitions Well there are many superstitions around WE have managed to find peoples views and ideas on some FRIDAY THE 13TH The Bible is often considered a book of numbers In the Bible the numbers 7 12 and 40 appear throughout the Old and New Testaments The number 12 is considered a lucky number As a result the number which follows 12 was thought to be evil Known scientifically as Tridecaphobia fear of the number 13 is probably the most common of all superstitions Buildings avoid numbering the 13th floor Airplanes avoid the 13th aisle And most common of all Friday the 13th is considered a bad luck day Psychologists believe that Friday the 13th will become a day of bad luck if people focus on the day because people will create their own bad luck by paying attention to the superstition BLACK CATS A black and white cat crossing your path means good luck A black cat crossing your path will cause you bad luck before your journey is over If this occurs you can take 12 steps backwards to ward off the bad luck If a black cat walks toward you it brings good luck If it walks away bad luck A cat cleaning its face in front of the door is a sign of company A cat draws lightning A cat eating grass is a
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