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m Alexander Crespo Paunero

m Koyelia Sirkar
m Maria Toner
m Oana Popescu
Superstitions have their roots centuries ago, when
our ancestors tried to explain mysterious
circumstances, preserve traditions or share tacit

OO folklore; old wives' tale;

tradition; blind faith; blind worship
(English ʹ Chinese Dictionary)
uomanian Chinese
To spend 88, 99 or 66 $
To feel itchy on the left hand (you will
uight eye blinking (you will
receive money soon)
receive money)
Lucky Throw coins into fountains
To spend money on Mondays or on 1st of
To wear a wallet with no money in it To avoid to spend 44 $

Unlucky To feel itchy on your right hand Left eye blinking (money loss)
uomanian Chinese
Horses, especially white ones, are creatures of Dragon
magic and luck. Pig
The spider is considered the messenger of events Tiger
Lucky White cat is sign of luck Bat

Black cat is the symbol of evil and should be

Unlucky avoided Crow
Lucky ued ued, White ued, White
Unlucky White Black Black
Yellow is associated to the sulfur of
the Hell by christian tradition. In the
13th century the Pope Innocent III
banned this colour from the Catholic

aolière (Jean Baptiste de Poquelin) died in the

scene wearing yellow clothes. Since then,
yellow is also the colour of bad luck for the
actors in western countries.
Lucky 7 8 7 -
Unlucky 8 4 13 13
13 and 666 represent the numbers of
the bad luck in Christian cultures.
In particular Friday the 13th is believed
to be the day of the bad luck in many
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-Sneezing before -Someone is -Soul tries to

starting something talking about the escape the body
important is a bad ͞sneezer͟. - ͞Bless you͟,
omen. ͞Jesus͟

If a dog howls at night it (Same)

is a bad omen.

A cat crossing the road is In China the older and

considered unlucky. uglier a cat is, the
luckier it is.
A the time of Vidayi (leaving the Throwing rice confetti at the
house after marriage) the girl throws newlyweds will bring them prosperity
rice and other grains and her brothers all their life.
and everybody else in the house
catches it in some cloth it symbolises
the girl͛s wish that even after she
leaves the house, her family should
have sufficient and should remain
If it rains during the wedding, it means (Same)
prosperity and happiness for the
newlyweds. (Monsoon weddings)
Newgrange 3200 BC



Irish Mythology

Learnt Observation

ºrish Superstitions

Book of Invasions 11th Century

Christianity Taoism

od Yang

Holy Spirit

Son of
Ireland China
11th Century Pre Tang Dynasty
(pre- 618)

Book of Invasions Tao Qian

Tír na nÓg Tao Hua Yuan

͞Land of the Youth͟ ͞Peach Blossom Spring͟

Leprechauns ʹ Luprachán: Peaches:

guarding treasure longevity & prosperity

Lughnasadh festival (Aug) Peach Blossom Festival (Spring)

ÿ Superstitions means to believe in spite of evidence or without
evidence; to believe that the world is governed by chance or caprice;
to disregard the true relation between cause and effect; to put
thought, intention and design back of nature; to believe in force
apart from substance, or in substance apart from force; to believe in
miracles, spells and charms, in dreams and prophecies; to believe in
the supernatural. Thousands of persons believe in lucky and unlucky
days, numbers, signs and jewels (ºngersoll, 2010).
ÿ aacaillan Dictionary
ÿ Oxford Dictionary
ÿ English ʹ Chinese Dictionary
ÿ ºngersoll ʹ 2010
ÿ Understanding South Asian culture compiled by Caritas Youth and
Community Service
ÿ Sources of Chinese tradition by W.a.Theodore De Bary , Wing-tsit Chan,
Chester Tan
ÿ Hindu manners , customs and ceremonies by Abbe J.A. Dubosis
ÿ ºndian Civilazation , the Formative period by S.C.aalik
ÿ ºndia-An illustrated history by Prem Kishore and Anuradha Kishore Ganpati
ÿ ºrish language and culture by Francesca Coles
ÿ www.irishcultureandcustoms.com
ÿ www.triskelle.eu/history
ÿ www.chinatownconnection.com

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