top-rated free essay

Luck and Good Spirits

By thienyetlove2ne1 Dec 11, 2013 255 Words
3 superstitions from English-speaking countries
The number 13 will bring you bad luck : In many English-speaking countries, the number 13 is considered unlucky. And Friday 13th is the day for misfortune. This superstition is so common that some hotels avoid having the 13th floor, and airlines don't give tickets for the 13th row. But why? Apparently, the origins are religious. At Jesus Christ's last Supper, there were thirteen people around the table (including Christ and the twelve apostles); and Friday was the day that Christ was crucified. Fear of the number 13 is a specifically-recognized phobia. Knock on wood to stop bad things from happening : If you' re talking about something and you don't want it to happen, you need to knock on a piece of wood and say "touch wood!" For example, if you say, "I've never had an accident", you need to lap on a piece of wood so you don't actually have an accident yourself. This comes from an ancient belief that good spirits lived in trees. However, when the tree was cut down, the spirits inside would die and evil spirits would take over. By knocking on the wood, you could drive away the evil spirits, and prevent any misfortune. If you break a mirror, you'll have seven years' bad luck: It was an ancient belief that mirrors could capture your soul, so breaking a mirror was like damaging your spirit. The only way to counter the bad luck is to bury the broken pieces in a hole and to cover them up with mud.

Cite This Document

Related Documents

  • Good Night & Good Luck

    ... The threat of Communism created an air of paranoia in the United States during the early 1950’s. Senator Joseph McCarthy of Wisconsin was the man who exploited those fears. CBS reporter Edward R. Murrow and his producer Fred W. Friendly decided to take a stand by challenging McCarthy. They chose to expose him for the fear monger he...

    Read More
  • Spirit

    ...beginning, is a good habit to develop for later on. In time, just touching this piece of fabric will send a burst of spiritual energy into the body, putting the aspirant into a higher state of awareness. This cloth is, in truth, the kathedros itself. Wherever it is, the benefits of your past meditation will be also. Therefore keep it sacred, ...

    Read More
  • Good Luck Good Night Essay

    ...About the Movie: Good Night and Good Luck Director, George Clooney 2005 - Rating PG In the film, Good Night, and Good Luck, the audience witnesses the semi-fictional but mostly historical recreation of a dark period in modern American History, the near-destruction of civil liberties and freedom of the press and self-expression by witch-huntin...

    Read More
  • Debut Albums and Good Luck

    ...Farewell Speech 1 Good morning, everyone.  Today is a big day, because our dear big brothers and big sisters are leaving. We are very happy but also sad, we are very lucky to meet all of you, we enjoyed studying, playing, talking and singing together.  and now you are leaving, we will remember the good time we ever had.  Thank you for a...

    Read More
  • Good Luck

    ...Decision-Making Process Paper William A. Black MGT/230 Week 1 Assignment 1 Ronald Sprague Identify a time in your life when you had to make a personal or professional decision such as buying a home, changing jobs, enrolling in school, or relocating...

    Read More
  • a good one

    ...Name Class Date Ecosystems and Communities Chapter Test A (removed questions on Freshwater and Marine Ecosystems) Multiple Choice Write the letter that best answers the question or completes the statement on the line provided. _____ 1. How does an area’s weather differ from the area’s climate? a. Weather involves...

    Read More
  • Good Night and Good Luck

    ...Good Night and Good Luck The movie Good Night and Good Luck is about Edward R Murrow and CBS news in the 1950's before they created 60 minutes. One of the biggest ethical questions they faced was, were they communists? This was right after the Red Scare (McCarthy Hearings) and most journalists were vigilant with their work, due to that. They ...

    Read More
  • Good Night, and Good Luck Movie Review

    ...Title of film: Good Night, and Good Luck Director: George Clooney Production Company: Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. Year film was released: 2005 Running time of film: 93 Minutes Abstract: The thought of Communism, in the early 1950’s, created a large span of paranoia in the United States. However, some individuals were mo...

    Read More

Discover the Best Free Essays on StudyMode

Conquer writer's block once and for all.

High Quality Essays

Our library contains thousands of carefully selected free research papers and essays.

Popular Topics

No matter the topic you're researching, chances are we have it covered.