Paper on Different Superstitions

Paper on Different Superstitions

Superstition is a belief that one event leads to the cause of another one without any proof. Long time ago, human beings have so little knowledge about the whole world. So when some phenomenon happened, people don’t know what to do and how to explain them except believe in superstitions. That is the reason why there are so many different kinds of superstitions in the whole world. However as science developed, people don’t believe in superstition as much as in the past. The fact is that most of the phenomenon can be explained by science. But people still believe in some kinds of superstitions in modern times. For example, people always believe their lucky number and take the action when their lucky number appears. When you compare the superstitions in different countries, you will be surprised that every country has its own superstitions and the same superstitions in different countries may have different meanings.

In ancient Ireland if a traveler was to happen upon a woman with red hair, he must turn around and start his journey all over again. The superstition comes from the legend of the goddess Macha who was said to have cursed the men of Ireland for nine generations with horrible pangs. The curse was not unwarranted of course. While in human form and pregnant the king of the land forced her to race against his fasted horses. She begged for sympathy and received none from the warriors in the crowd who were eager to see the sport. She won the race but the stress caused her to give birth to her children in the field. For causing her this pain, she cursed the men of Ireland except the hero Cucculain and her own children. When war came to the land, only Cucculain could fight. Macha, as it turns out, had red hair.

In North American, don’t give your partners the following items as gifts: Shoes encourage them to walk out of the relationship, perfumes attracts a third party that can break up the relationship, bags encourages them to pack and leave the relationship. People usually don’t put their hat on the bad. It was once believed that evil spirits resided in your hair. This belief was no doubt a result of static electricity. People would remove their hats in warm dry climates and their hair would stand up. So it was believed that the demons were getting into your hat. Therefore, if you lay a hat on your bed, the evil spirits would spill out onto the bed and enter you in your sleep. This superstition evolved once static electricity became widely understood and changed into sanitation based superstition. Putting a hat on a bed can cause the spread of lice.

Chinese people mostly believe superstitions, though some constituents of tradition were categorized into the realm of superstitions by authorities. Superstition in China is not a purely negative or positive noun but a complicated one that many a people believe in and obey. As one part of Chinese culture, Chinese superstition roots deeply in Chinese customs and Chinese history. Even though Chinese government prohibits the public from holding and joining in the superstitious activities, it is really hard to differentiate the superstition from Chinese tradition, because historically both of them used to naturally mix together. The most traditional superstitions are happened during the New Year. Chinese people shoot off firecrackers on Chinese New Year’s Eve to send out the old year and welcome in the new. Many people also abstain from eating meat on the first day of Chinese New Year because it is believed that this will ensure a long and happy life. Some may eat a whole fish to represent togetherness and abundance.

Because the history and culture in different countries is quite different, it is easy to explain why the superstitions in these countries are so different. Nobody can thoroughly separate so-called superstition from science and technology just as no one can divide the ill disposed people from the humankinds’ world, because they naturally belong to the same entity. In this way, superstition will not leave until the arrival of the end of the world.