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  • Green is an unlucky colour. Can mean being naive and easily taken in. Land is green-land is taken away,etc. Celtic is background. Also, it is bad luck to have birds in a house.
  • Dont whistle inside (a house), you lose money - romanian and possibly other east europe Black cat crosses your path, bad luck, take 3 steps back, take care not to get run over by a car in the process - same Ichy palm - get or lose money depending on the palm, cant remember - romanian also Also if someone says something you dont want to happen you knock on wood 3 times - many cultures
  • Xianity. comes from fools.
  • The custom of saying "God bless you" after a sneeze was begun literally as a blessing. Pope Gregory the Great (540-604 AD) ascended to the Papacy just in time for the start of the plague (his successor succumbed to it). Gregory (who also invented the ever-popular Gregorian chant) called for litanies, processions and unceasing prayer for God's help and intercession. Columns marched through the streets chanting, "Kyrie Eleison" (Greek for "Lord have mercy"). When someone sneezed, they were immediately blessed ("God bless you!") in the hope that they would not subsequently develop the plague. All that prayer apparently worked, judging by how quickly the plague of 590 AD diminished. The connection of sneezing to the plague is not the first association of sneezing with death. According to Man, Myth, and Magic: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Mythology, Religion and the Unknown, many cultures, even some in Europe, believe that sneezing expels the soul--the "breath of life"--from the body. That doesn't seem too far-fetched when you realize that sneezing can send tiny particles speeding out of your nose at up to 100 miles per hour! SOURCE: www.straightdope.com
  • Here are some about bread from Appalachia. Burned bread was considered a portent of future hunger, failure of harvest or other calamity. The more burned the bread, the worse the tragedy. The impact of this omen can be lessened in the following manner. Cut the burned portion away and bury it before the loaf is brought to the table. If the burned bread is discovered AFTER the family is seated to eat, the entire loaf must be buried in the cemetery. Salt water should be tossed over it to ground the curse. Have you ever heard the expression "breaking bread"? In old Europe, it was considered good faith to have two representatives (one from each clan) take hold of the loaf at either end and tear it in two. In Appalachia, bread was often broken in this manner at communal meals. Even in the family, the first piece of bread must be broken by hand and never cut. I remember my great grandmother doing just that. She is probably rolling over in her grave thinking about how my mother slices cornbread into equal squares. Cutting the bread will surely bring hunger to the house.
  • the "evil eye". it's when you have been jinxed by the jealous glare of another. people wear blue little glass eyes in jewelry or hang them from their houses, cars, animals, etc. to protect themseleves from it. it is a very old superstition wholeheartedly believed by many cultures still today. (o . O)

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