Superstitions: Unheard of Origins

Written by Anya Hubbard

This week we will be explaining 2 superstitions that some of you may not have heard of. We will discuss why carrying a rabbit’s foot is so lucky and why finding and keeping a four-leaf clover is lucky. Keep reading to find out why.

This crazy superstition of carrying around a rabbit’s foot stems from the ancient beliefs of totemism. Totemism is the spiritual connection between animals and humans. The tribe that started this superstition believed they descended from rabbits. Because of this, it wasn’t unusual for them to carry around parts of a rabbit’s body, particularly the feet. The foot is also a phallic symbol that represented increased fertility, a bountiful harvest, and good fortune. Celtic tribes believed that rabbits could speak with underground gods and spirits thanks to their burrows. This is another reason that people carry the rabbit’s foot around.

The next superstition is about why finding a four-leaf clover is so lucky. The chances of finding a four-leaf clover are one in 10,000, which means that finding one is incredibly lucky. But the luck of the clover dates back to Adam and Eve. Legend has it that as Adam and Eve were leaving the Garden of Eden, Eve plucked a four-leaf clover as a souvenir. Another theory brings us back to the ancient Celtic world when it was believed that four-leaf clovers would help ward off evil spirits. There was also a medieval theory that possessing this lucky plant allowed one to see fairies.

Next week we will dive deeper into these unheard of superstition origins. Have a good rest of your week!

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