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Check Out These Weird Superstitions From Around the World

Features & Advice | Janeen Christoff | August 28, 2016

Check Out These Weird Superstitions From Around the World

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Do you throw salt over your shoulder every time it spills? What about knocking on wood? There are thousands of strange superstitions that some of us swear by and western culture is not alone in its adoption of these oft-strange beliefs. 

While you are familiar with the ones at home, you may not be with superstitions in other countries. 

“You may know to buy a nazar charm in Turkey for protection against the evil eye, but did you know that you should never whistle inside a house in Russia? Or leave your shoes upside-down in Egypt,” writes Maggie Fuller for Afar

Fuller takes note of several strange superstitions from around the world. For example, did you know that in India, you should stay inside during a solar eclipse? 

“The belief that the sun’s rays become toxic during an eclipse is so pervasive that local newspapers continue to report on the phenomenon,” writes Fuller. 

It’s also bad luck to cut your nails at night. 

“This particular superstition pops up in so many different countries that it may be safer to ditch the practice altogether,” Fuller recommends.

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Other strange superstitious behavior includes not wearing red during a lightning storm in the Philippines and women refusing goat’s meat so that they won’t grow a beard in Rwanda. 

These are just a few examples, for more crazy superstitions, go here


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