2023-02-05 00:00:00 / episode: 19




What is it? When will people think you're a superstitious person?

I think superstition is kind of a belief based on fear of the unknown

and a faith in magic or maybe you believe in luck, it is just about everywhere around the world.

You can find superstitious people everywhere right across all the cultures.

But in different cultures, the superstitions they have are different.

For instance, I've heard that in Eastern Asia,

it's considered bad luck to stick your chopsticks into a bowl of rice.

I've heard also that the Navajo believe it's not really safe to walk under a ladder,

although that seems to come from europe just as much in my mind, people have beliefs about salt that are very superstitious.

And here where I live in Japan,

I see people sometimes using salt in semi superstitious ways they say that it can block out the bad spirits.

Why do people believe in these things?

Obviously there's no hard science supporting these,

but maybe there's something that or maybe there's some kind of religious belief about the special powers that things have.

Hundreds of years ago in europe.

They thought there were basically four elements.

Now we believe there's a lot more elements than that.

And we know that those thoughts about the four elements were kind of superstitious.

I think people like superstitions because they can help explain things that science or scientific reason can't explain.

Also it depends on your environment.

If everybody believe something, then you're more inclined to believe it too regardless of whether it's true or not.

And maybe it has to do with our parents.

We tend to believe what Mom and dad believed because mom and dad believed it.

So superstitions are really interesting to study, but we don't have time to go much deeper than this.