Centuries ago, many baseless superstitions dominated many of the world’s cultures. Most have been dismissed over the years, but a few remain such as not walking under a ladder or having a black cat cross your path.
It’s easy to understand how many superstitions got started. For instance owls being the omen of death. My dad was born in 1921 in a poor farming area of southern Illinois. When he was only 5 years old, his mom, a local school teacher, died at home of tuberculosis. He says he recalls seeing a great horned owl perched in the big tree just outside his mom’s bedroom. The owl appeared the day before his mom died and flew off the day after she died. Dad was not superstitious but he said that he understood how superstitions like that get started when things like that happened.
Another superstition that dates back to centuries long ago is equating left handedness with evil.
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