Why are we so superstitious as humans?

 
We encounter superstitious actions every day, although we no longer recognize this connection today. Many people claim they are certainly not superstitious and do not know how often they resort to superstition.
Superstition in everyday life has some foolish, unexpected resolution that surprises and also amuses us today.
Ordinary everyday rituals such as clinking clinking glasses turn out to be pure superstition. For it used to be believed that the clink of glasses and broken glass would drive demons to flight. The saying “keep your fingers crossed for me” is also common, although no one really knows from what background this saying arose. You should keep your fingers crossed for someone who is up to something special. The thumb was considered a lucky charm because it was believed to be the strongest finger, endowed with unearthly abilities.
Who doesn't believe that a penny brings luck? This tradition is also due to earlier superstitions. Friends and loved ones should be given a copper penny. Copper dissolves all evil spells and, as it is assigned to Venus, promotes the ability to love, it was said.
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 

We encounter superstitious actions every day, although we no longer recognize this connection today. Many people claim they are certainly not superstitious and do not know how often they resort to superstition.
Superstition in everyday life has some foolish, unexpected resolution that surprises and also amuses us today.
Ordinary everyday rituals such as clinking clinking glasses turn out to be pure superstition. For it used to be believed that the clink of glasses and broken glass would drive demons to flight. The saying “keep your fingers crossed for me” is also common, although no one really knows from what background this saying arose. You should keep your fingers crossed for someone who is up to something special. The thumb was considered a lucky charm because it was believed to be the strongest finger, endowed with unearthly abilities.
Who doesn't believe that a penny brings luck? This tradition is also due to earlier superstitions. Friends and loved ones should be given a copper penny. Copper dissolves all evil spells and, as it is assigned to Venus, promotes the ability to love, it was said.
Superstition is still as widespread as it was in the Baroque era, it has just changed. Back then people were rich and poor, very religious and their belief was not only contained in the word superstition, but also its origin.
Salt, for example, was considered sacred and therefore an effective remedy against all magic.
It was also believed that yawning was dangerous because the devil could enter the body in the form of a mosquito. That's why you put your hand over your mouth when yawning.

It is very difficult to narrow down superstitions as there are many different opinions on this topic. For this reason we refrain from offending anyone.
Although it has been very difficult to find material on the subject, we hope that our report has piqued your interest.

Do you find similar examples and their explanations in your own country?

Clarisse Hasinger / Maria Troelsen / Eva Engelen