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Why is it unlucky to walk under a ladder?

If we ignore the practical safety issues, why is it considered unlucky to walk under a ladder?
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Why is it lucky to touch or knock on wood?

According to Project Britain's British Life and Culture it is lucky to touch wood: Lucky to touch wood. We touch; knock on wood, to make something come true. Where does this superstition come ...
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Why you should never buy a broom or wash blankets in May?

According to Project Britain's folklore calendar buying a broom or washing blankets in May should be avoided: Never buy a broom in May or wash blankets. Wash a blanket in May. Wash a dear ...
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Where does the idea of counting crows come from?

According to Learn Religions and many astrology websites, the number of crows you see predicts the future: "Seeing just a single crow is considered an omen of bad luck. Finding two crows, however,...
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Was the killing of an albatross being bad luck fabricated or real nautical mythology?

While reading The Rime of the Ancyent Marinere i got interested in the part of the albatross. ‘God save thee, ancient Mariner! From the fiends, that plague thee thus!-- Why look’st thou so?’-...
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If the ox tiger is an unlucky direction, why build an entrance to it?

On the Oni Wikipedia, scrolled down to Demon Gate, it says that in Chinese Taoism and traditional Japanese esoteric cosmology (Onmyōdō), the direction northeast (though the wiki uses northeasterly) is ...
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Crystal taped to radiator?

I bought a house and found a crystal taped to the radiator. Anyone know why someone would want to tape a crystal to the radiator? It looks like a mountain crystal but as I'm not knowledgeable about ...
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Why do Native Americans think photographs steals their souls?

Native Americans, including some from here, Brazil, are afraid of photos. They don't like it when you take pictures of them because they think that you are stealing their souls. Why do they think ...
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Are there any stories that present solar eclipses as a good sign?

I have been reading about solar eclipses and it appears most cultures view them as a bad sign. For example, according to the article Solar Eclipses in History and Mythology it appears that all ...
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Traditional beliefs regarding guardians of burial grounds

Many years ago (the mid-1980s) someone described to me a belief that a Christian burial ground was guarded by the spirit of the most recently interred body. For this reason, when a burial ground was ...
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How old is the belief that spilling salt is unlucky and should be followed by throwing a pinch of salt over the shoulder?

In much of Europe it is believed to be unlucky to spill salt, and it is thought advisable that someone who spills it should throw a pinch of it over their left shoulder. How old is this belief?
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Twice a bridesmaid, never a bride?

I was reading Lafcadio Hearn's New Orleans Superstitions, when I came upon this proverb: There are many superstitions about marriage, which seem to have a European origin, but are not less ...
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Why is it so bad to be born in the Year of the Fire Horse?

Japan's birth rate dropped precipitiously in 1966, only to recover completely in 1967. This is apparently because 1966 was the "Year of the Fire Horse" - that is, in the 60-year zodiacal cycle you ...