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Monday, July 11, 2011

QUESTION OF THE WEEK 7-11-11


Are you superstitious?
(Are there differences between practices of superstition and religious practices?)






For instance did you know why:
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.)

16 comments:

  1. Nope I'm not superstitious at all. For me Christianity is the opposite of superstitious. I put my faith in God, not in black cats, and broken mirrors. :D

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  2. I'm with LL. :)

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  3. LL Cool Joe -- Well said. However you must agree that there are some crazy things done called religious practice -- like having to befriend rattlesnakes!

    Dani -- Glad to see you here:)

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  4. I am so happy to be Presbyterian, where there is no snake handling. :)

    I have a couple of quirky things that I guess could be considered superstitions. When I was back at college a few years ago, I had to have a smoothie from The Smoothie King before tests. I actually think it just made me feel perkier and therefore brighter and the hike to get it probably didn't hurt either.

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  5. Hi Annie ~~ I think your first commenter
    got it right about following God, not superstition. What is this about befriending rattle snakes. Surely a strange practice.
    Thanks for your comments and I am glad you liked the57 Cent church, and also the drinking if Whiteout.
    Take care, my friend, Love, Merle.

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  6. I sure hope there is a difference or we are in big trouble...

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  7. I am neither superstitious nor religious, but do believe in the rare good luck.

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  8. Growing up in New England there are superstitions engrained within me. Doesn't make me any less a Christian. Black cats and walking under ladders don't bother me. Putting shoes on tables, does. Ask my kids. Even Wade is instilled with that superstition. It brings bad luck. Spilling salt is another one. If you spill salt you must sprinkle some over your shoulder to ward off the evil spirits. Not all superstitions are evil and people don't practice superstitions.

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  9. Did you guys know: 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.)

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  10. I wouldn't say I'm superstitious. I love black cats :)

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  11. I never knew the reason for that, but now I am not afraid of walking under a ladder. LOL

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  12. When I was a child my old Irish Granny lived with us and filled my head with every Irish superstition there was..And, Annie, there were a million of them.

    I am not going to mention what they were so as not to put another one in somebody's head.

    She had a lot of good sayings on top of her superstitions though.

    If I said,"Granny, I want some ice cream or a cookie" she would come back with,"Yes, and the devil wants ice water."

    Or, if I said,"I wish I had this or that" she would say "Wish in one hand and pee in the other and see which one gets filled up first."

    She was a character and I missed her when she passed away even though I got my bedroom back.

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  13. I agree with LL Cool Joe but if I do walk under a ladder I cross my fingers. Silly really!

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  14. I've been known to knock on wood when ever it's needed to keep things going right.
    I've read several books on superstitions. There are so many!

    I believe in signs giving me messages sometimes. Awhile back the day a squirrel chewed a large hole in a kitchen window-screen, a sparrow flew in- That was the day my uncle died, They say Sparrows are harbingers of death. What a coinkydink...

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  15. Oh yes, I have heard lots of bad luck things. I try not to let them bother me. I never knew why you couldn't walk under a ladder. I didn't know about a triangle, I just thought something might fall on your head or something. LOL

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  16. When I walk under the same ladder 3 times I fugure it needs to be put away and I'll have to be the one to do it.

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