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S: Superstitions

FC: Superstitions and Their Origins Modification Sophie Barnes Thursdays at 12:30 Miss Evans 1/26/12

1: None of the project items seemed to WOW me. What I really wanted to know more about, were where some superstitions came from. The next couple pages will be about the history of some popular superstitions.

2: Have you ever wondered why you say "God Bless You" to someone who sneezed? Well, there are actually a few different reasons people see the need to do it. First off, before people knew about germs, they only associated sickness with evil spirits. | So people thought that sneezing would send part of the soul out with the sneeze. They also thought that a sneeze was a prime opportunity to let a demon in to reside in the soul. They would say "God Bless You" to protect that person from evil spirits. Other people believed it was necessary because they thought that when a person sneezed, their heart skipped a beat. They said "God Bless You", to have continued good health. - ("Superstitions", http://jksalescompany.com/dw/superstitions.html)

3: Why is the number 13 unlucky? Actually the term for being afraid of the number 13 is triskaidekaphobia. There are a few theories. One of them is that Judas, one of Jesus apostles and his betrayer, was the 13th to sit down at the Last Supper. (http://sangi.sanguinarius.org/creative/OriginsOfPopularSuperstitions.pdf)

4: What about the fear of black cats? Well, in Ancient Egypt they had a human cat goddess named Bast. She was a black cat. The Christians were trying to get rid of all other religions. They were able to convinced people that these black cats were really demons in disguise. So this is where the term"Black cat crossing your path"comes from. Also they believed that when it did cross your path, that it would make a wall between you and God, or even Heaven. (http://www.islandnet.com/~luree/silly.html))

5: Have you ever wondered about the history behind breaking a wish bone? Well, believe it or not, this practice can be dated way back even to the ancient Romans. The Romans actually borrowed this from the Etruscans. When the Etruscans would eat the fowl, they would lay out its collarbone in the sun to dry. This was a part of a divination process they did. If someone wanted to benefit from the form the oracles powers, they would pick up the bone. Now unlike we do today, they would only stroke it, not break it. This is also where the expression "get a lucky break" comes from. (http://sangi.sanguinarius.org/creative/OriginsOfPopularSuperstitions.pdf)

6: Why is it bad luck to walk underneath a ladder? Well, people used to believe that the ladder formed a triangle shape and that this was representing the "Holy Trinity". Therefore, people believed that when you walked underneath it, that you would be put into league with the devil and then God, would be upset with you. http://sangi.sanguinarius.org/creative/OriginsOfPopularSuperstitions.pdf

7: What about crossing your fingers? How can that bring you good luck? Well for Christians, this is a sign of faith. They also believed that by making this symbol, they would keep away evil spirits. . This however can also mean a different thing. have you ever made a promise but you crossed your fingers behind your back? Well some people believe that this can excuse you from telling a lie. (http://jksalescompany.com/dw/superstitions.html)

8: Special thanks to these websites - http://jenlars.mu.nu/archives/cat_culture_pop_or_otherwise.html - crossing your fingers http://bryanking.net/sneeze/ - sneeze http://www.divine-project.com/friday-the-13th - Friday the 13th http://www.catspictures.net/2009/03/cute-black-kittens.html - cats http://themeanings.com/dashboard/plugin/page/word/wishbone - Wishbone http://circa71.wordpress.com/category/history/oddities/superstitions-oddities/ - woman under ladder

9: About the Author - Sophie Barnes live in Dover, Pa with her parents, brother, and Yorkiepoo named Boo. She had fun making this Mixbook. She is currently reading Harry Potter and the Order of the Pheonix. Her hobbies include swimming, diving, and hanging out. She is pictured on the right. | Boo

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