Are Certain Superstitions True, Or Are They All Completely Pointless?


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As far as history goes, superstitions have been an important part of different cultures, even religions. The Ancient Druids, for example, used magic and believed in supernatural phenomena. Doing magic (some historians also think they did Black and White Magic), was an important part of their religion.

Voodoo is another example. It is a debased form of religion, practiced in part of West Indies especially Haiti.

People practicing Voodoo (now quite rare), used dolls that were actually effigies of a real person, and they believed that they could control the person using the doll. Voodoo drums were also common amongst these people, who probably started the concept of superstitions.

A common superstition is to throw salt over your shoulder if you accidentally spill some. It is said that spilling salt brings bad luck, and so it is necessary to throw some over your shoulders to avoid it.

According to another superstition, Friday the 13th - also called Black Friday - is considered an extremely unlucky day. Superstitious people believe that everything will go wrong, and fear going outdoors on Friday the 13th.

It is also assumed that talking about a death or an unknown dead person brings bad luck.

Superstitions, common though they are, lack logic and, it can be safely said, are completely pointless.

Today is the age of science, an age of logic and reasoning, which means these thoughts about superstitions should leave our minds, to give us space enough to think about other things.

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