Certain beliefs and practices of people helped ease their fear and the feeling of helplessness. Primitive people believed that certain repeated actions or words will bring the practitioner luck or ward off evil. As such beliefs developed, certain tribal members were elevated in status to shaman and magician because of their ability to communicate with the spirit worlds, to influence the weather, to heal the sick, and to interpret dreams.
The average person might be somewhat superstitious with some things. Here are some superstitions with long traditions.
– It’s unlucky to spill salt. If you do, you must take a pinch and throw it over your left shoulder.
– It’s unlucky to put new shoes on the table.
– It’s extremely unlucky to break a mirror. It means 7 years of bad luck.
– It’s very bad luck to open an umbrella in the house — it will either bring misfortune to the person who has opened it or to those who live in the house.