Friday, January 13, 2012

Friday the 13th!


A superstition is a belief or notion, not based on reason or knowledge, in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, or proceeding. It is also an irrational fear of what is unknown or mysterious, especially in connection with religion. The word, as we know it, is most commonly associated with the second definition. There are lots of superstitions out there, but to name a few of the common ones they are:
Friday the 13th (Bad luck associated with Judas being the 13th member at the Last Supper and Jesus being crucified on a friday.)

Breaking a mirror (7 years bad luck)
Finding a Horseshoe (Good luck, but make sure you pick it up with your right hand!)

Opening an umbrella inside (Bad luck will "rain" on you.)
Knocking on wood (Knock on wood 3 times after mentioning good fortune or the evil spirits will ruin things for you.)

Tossing spilled salt over your left shoulder (By doing this, you are driving away the evil spirits lurking around to cause to misfortune.)

Black cats (It's bad luck if you cross one of these because they are associated with evil witches.)
Again, these are just a few of the superstitions out there, but there are quite a few books about superstitions available for adults and children. Some that we have here at the library are:

Dictionary of Superstitions by: Iona Archibald Opie
A Treasury of American Superstitions by: Claudia De Lys

Blue Monday and Friday the 13th by: Lila Perl
Jinxed: Baseball superstitions from around the Major Leagues by: Ken Leiker

So, what do you think? Are you superstitious?

BONUS: Did you know the official term for fear of Friday the 13th is paraskevidekatriaphobia?

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