The superstition

La superstition

The superstition has a big place in the Ukrainian culture. If most of the Ukrainians belong to the Christian faith as most of the Slavic, they were pagans just a few centuries ago. They adored the water, the fire, the earth, Mother Nature. Today, these pagan beliefs still appear in numerous Ukrainian superstitions.

There is a fine borderline between the superstition and what is effectively a tradition or a custom. Be conscious that certain things that in your culture are considered as superstitions are considered as traditions and customs by the Ukrainians.

While numerous superstitions are widely ignored, many others are so frequent that they became integral part of the good manners on a daily basis. The Ukrainians were always very superstitious, in particular concerning rites of passage such as journeys, marriage and death. A recurring theme is the “bad luck”. To act as if you expect a success is an invitation for disaster and this appears everywhere.

It is clear that you do not want to show yourselves disrespectful or worse, to risk attracting evil eye on you. Then, here is a small guide to survive to the superstitions… sorry, to the evil forces that surround us…

To do

If somebody send you greetings or wish you good luck, you have to spit three times above your left shoulder to keep your lucky star. But if it seems to you too strange, to touch wood is supposed to produce the same effect…

Make sure to settle all your debts before December 31st, otherwise you will have financial difficulties for all the following year. Well all right, still it is necessary not to be already overdrawn…

Before entering a house recently built, send at first a cat to greet the spirits of the house.
If a knife falls of the table, it is an omen that announces the upcoming visit of a man. If it is a spoon or a fork that falls, it is then the visit of a woman who is announced. If you do not want to see them arriving, you have to immediately knock three times with the utensil on the table and say “stay at home”.

If your right palm itches, it means that you are going to spend money. If it is your left palm that is itching, it means that you will receive some. Nothing is specified if both hands itch at the same time…

If you leave the house then return hastily, before going out once again make sure to change slightly your appearance; should the opposite occur, you risk to meet the bad luck. But when we have spent 3 hours to get ready…

If you do not recognize a person when you see her(him) or call her(him), it is a omen of wealth for this person. Personally I should be quite offended; but well, if you send me a check each time it occurs…

Breaking a plate guarantees luck.

Before leaving your house for a long period, you as well as the other occupants of the house have to respect one minute of silence. That is easy; well, if you do not have at home offspring with strong vocal cords…

If you do not want a husband with red hair it is absolutely necessary to finish the proposed meal. The Ukrainian cooking is so delicious, that it is not really complicated …

Not to be done

It is impolite to whistle inside. In this case, if you feel looks on you, do not be surprised, not to mention that it presages for you a big waste of money.

Do not take what overtakes the threshold. Your house is a safe place; as you get out of it, you are at the mercy of evil forces. Enter the house; it is a real demonstration of the well known Ukrainian hospitality.

If you offer flowers, make sure that their number is odd; the even numbers are reserved for funerals. Thus, do not be surprised if the florist asks you while you ask him for a dozen roses: “is it for a funeral?”.

When you celebrate a birthday, it is a tradition to celebrate that very day or later, but it is considered ominous to party before the D-day.

A single girl should not sit on the corner of a table; otherwise she will not get married before the next seven years. Thus, if your teenager talks to you “seriously” about his(her) boyfriend (girlfriend), you know from now where to settle him(her).

Never throw breadcrumbs in the garbage or you will be hungry.

Do not offer handkerchiefs, mirrors or sharp objects, it provokes quarrels. If you decide to give a handbag or a wallet, then do not forget to put inside some money before offering it.
To refuse drinking some vodka during funerals is absolutely unacceptable. If you are totally abstinent, then, avoid purely and simply this kind of remembrance.

To light a cigarette using a candle will bring you bad luck. But better still is to stop smoking; lighting it with a lighter does not immunize you against cancer…

Never put your hat, some money and especially your keys on the table of the kitchen.
Do not drink without proposing a toast – You can drink without proposing a toast during Easter only, (and funerals of course).

Do not return inside the house when you are on the road. But if you have to, then look in a mirror; otherwise, you will have an execrable journey. Having said that, if you woke up “looking rotten “, not sure that the mirror helps to keep the spirits up…

Do not look in a mirror after the sunset, or you may lose your beauty. The previous consideration remains here valid…

Fortunately numerous Ukrainians believe that a not superstitious person is released from it. However, you have still many possibilities to do wrong.

Then, cross your fingers and do what they say to you.

If after all my good advice, you still find the way to attract evil eye, do not worry!! You can count on me to… pray for you and so to release you from evil…

Then, thanks who?

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