Common Newfoundland Superstitions
Donít put new shoes on the table. (Bad Luck)
Whistling in a boat. (Bad Luck)
A bird in your house. (Bad Luck)
Fall up the steps. (Good Luck)
Walking over someone stunts their growth.
Walk on spider causes rain.
Break a mirror, 7 years bad luck.
Knock on wood to prevent bad luck.
Donít pass someone on the stairs. (Bad Luck)
Donít put the keys on the table. (Bad Luck)
Donít walk under a ladder. (Bad Luck)
If you see a black crow it's bad luck.
Donít cross two knives. (Bad Luck)
Explanations of Common known Superstitions
Beware of Friday the Thirteenth - Those who know about these things, inform us that Adam and Eve were expelled from the Garden of Eden on a Friday, Noah's flood started on a Friday, and Christ was crucified on a Friday. Christians also noted that twelve witches plus one devil are present at Satanic ceremonies so Friday and 13 make a deadly combination.
It's bad luck to walk under a ladder - This came from the early Christian belief that a leaning ladder formed a triangle with the wall and ground. You must never violate the Holy Trinity by walking through a triangle, lest you be considered in league with the devil. (And you all know what good Christians did to people they suspected of being in league with the devil.)
Breaking Mirrors give 7 years of bad luck - Some time ago (ancient Romans, if I remember right), people believed that reflections were actually glimpses of the viewers soul. People had gazing pools in their gardens in which they could look at themselves. A really mean thing to do was wait until a person was gazing at their reflection and throw a stone in the water because the distruption of the reflection affected their soul and brought about bad luck. We don't have gazing pools anymore, but the mirror breaking superstition still lives on
The reason we are encouraged to hold our hand over our mouth when we yawn so as not to let the Devil into our mouth.
Black cats are evil. In ancient Egypt, the Goddess Bast, was a black female cat. Christian priests wanted to wipe out all traces of other religions so convinced their ignorant followers to destroy the evil demons that were black cats. While they were at it, they destroyed the kindly little old ladies who cared for the cats believing them to be witches.