What’s The Deal

I am part Irish and I never understood why the Irish have so many superstitions about all of these ridiculous things.  I understand that things were different in my grandmother’s time, as back then people wanted to keep witches away and make sure that their new born baby was protected from evil spirits and my grandmother carried all of these false notions over from what she was taught.  Many people grow up with weird traditions and superstitions because the infinite Universe is sending them heuristic lessons, so they can overcome their fear of the unknown.  Francis Bacon said, “The root of all superstition is that men observe when a thing hits, but not when it misses.”  Most of the superstitions that my grandmother taught me have been forgotten or lost, but the ones that survived, I keep as a treasured memories.

A normal superstition would encompass breaking a mirror, having a black cat cross your path, opening up an umbrella inside a house, or walking under a ladder, or encountering the number 13, and of course Friday the 13th being the  worst, all of which would give you bad luck.  Enough is enough, you don’t have you to throw salt over your left shoulder, if you ended up spilling it and an itchy palm doesn’t mean that you will soon get money.  People need to stop being so petulant and remember that they are creating their own reality.  Most things as far as I can tell are not haunted, although I imagine that it is possible that a ghost or two could be wondering around a graveyard from time to time with their own agenda.

A superstition that I remember my grandmother telling me was that if a knife was dropped at the dinner table, a man visitor would soon be arriving.  She also said that putting new shoes on the table was bad luck.  In China if you sign your name using a red pen, then people will say that you have a death wish and if you write someone else’s name in red, that means that you want them dead.  It is thought that when you are buying a home that you should always look for an entrance way on the homes left side that has a curve in the path leading up to it, as straight paths are believed to lead evil spirits directly into the home.

Tonto National Forest is a Wilderness area immersed in myth which was designated in 1939, and expanded to its present size of approximately 160,200 acres in 1984.  It reminds me of that movie ‘City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly’s Gold’, and this is probably because of several trails that are unsuitable for horses, the searing heat, a shortage of water, the bitter cold, but it still has many rumors concerning lost gold mines, and secret maps are still being sold to the unwary.  Many superstitions are just around for fun, as the English speaker likes to have their way with words, but most carry a dubious reputation with them.

Superstition is used to circumvent religious power by substituting the divine with magic and rituals, which may be a matter of which fire is demanding appeasement.  The boundaries between religion and superstition are not always clear, as they both use incantations for healing the sick.  Whispering a charm or reciting a biblical verse over a suffering child will probably terrify them more than being able to deliver a physical cure.  If the child does not recover, the blame will often be placed on sin, or that the spell was not carried out correctly.

Written for Daily Addictions prompt – Infinite, for FOWC with Fandango – Fear, for July Writing Prompts – Enough is enough, for Sheryl’s A New Daily Post Word Prompt – Heuristic, for Ragtag Community – Superstition, for Reena’s Exploration Challenge #Week 45 – which fire is demanding appeasement, for Scotts Daily Prompt – Size, for Teresa’s Haunted Wordsmith Three Things Challenge prompts – haunted, pen and superstition, for Rachel Poli I Read I Write I Create – Time To Write Three Word Story prompt – Agenda, Curve and Speaker and for Word of the Day Challenge Prompt – Petulant.

17 thoughts on “What’s The Deal

  1. There is a story of a sage who asked for the cat to be covered with a basket b4 a meditation session to prevent disturbance. Long after the sage and the cat were dead, disciples continued to go hunting for a cat and cover it with a basket before a meditation session began.

    You must have read about the experiment with monkeys where behavior (preventing a monkey from climbing a ladder for fear of hot water being poured) continues even after the stimulus (hot water) is stopped, and monkeys have changed.

    This is perhaps how all rituals and superstitions originate. The original intention is lost.

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    1. I love your cat and sage story, but the story that I read about the monkeys, ladder and bananas used cold water, but that is the same difference as the monkeys continued this behavior of not climbing the ladder out of fear even after all of the original monkeys had been removed from the room.

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