Strange Superstitions

Simran Gill

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Many cultures, countries, and religions have certain beliefs that can foresee the future. Only the person has the choice to believe these, though.  These beliefs are called superstitions.  Most of these beliefs relate to doing an action that can cause good or bad luck.  Some countries have many superstitions, while some have just a few.  Argentina, France, Rwanda, Japan, Poland, and Mexico are some examples of countries with many superstitions.

Known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”, Rwanda is a country in Africa.  Rwanda’s famous superstition is about consumption of goat meat.  Just as every woman dreads the growth of facial hair, it is believed to occur on some rare occasions.  Their belief is that growth of facial hair occurs when a woman consumes some form of goat meat.  However, there is little factual evidence to prove this superstition.

One of the most vacationed destinations on the planet is France.  France is a country in the small, yet populous continent of Europe.  Here, it is considered to be good luck if one steps in dog poop with their left foot.  But if one steps with their right foot first, it is believed misfortune will soon befall them.  No one surely knows how this notion started, but it has become very popular over the years.

Famous for its food, Mexico is the country just south of us.  Although we are Mexico’s neighbor, few know about its superstitions.  Just like Americans, Mexicans want to forget their nightmares.  In order to keep it from coming true, one is required to share this dreaded nightmare.  It is believed to help prevent the nightmare from coming again and to keep it from happening in life.  Yet, if one has a dream they treasure, it is best to keep it to yourself.  In case, one does not keep it to themselves, the dream will never happen in reality.  Therefore, we must all share your nightmares but keep our pleasing dreams safely treasured.

Advanced in technology, Japan is a very superstitious country.  Located in Asia, Japan is an archipelago consisting of 6,852 islands.  Children with superstitious parents are often told to hide their belly buttons during a storm.  It is believed the god of thunder, lightning, and storms named Raijin will sometimes eat belly buttons of children.  In some rare occasions, Raijin may even eat your entire stomach.  The origin of this belief is unclear, yet to this day you’ll hear parents telling children to hide their belly buttons.  

Known for its super soccer team, Argentina is one of the biggest countries in South America.  Argentinians rarely have seven sons, due to a horrific superstition.  It is believed that your seventh son will become a werewolf.  This notion was started by the gauchos, in other words, the Argentinian cowboys.  The gauchos told the villagers that the werewolf transformation would occur on Tuesday and Friday nights.  There are known cures, but they have all just created confusion to many citizens.

Home to scientist Marie Curie, Poland is an eastern European country.  According to the Polish, a bride must have money in her shoes. This is to assure future wealth and fortune.   Also, a wedding should occur in a month which contains the letter “r”.  Thus, a month like May would not consist of any Polish weddings.  These are just a few of the many beliefs that relate to Polish weddings.

Whether it’s “hide your belly button during a storm” or “to not have seven sons,” these beliefs are everywhere.  The reality of the situation is that superstitions have dominated our life to the fullest.  The way we think, act, and experience things are all based on superstitions we have been told.  Some may believe these notions, whereas some may not.  No one is necessarily right or wrong.  With all the technology and social media, superstitions are passing around like wildfire.  Just remember, once in a while superstitions may just come true.



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Strange Superstitions