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SuperstitionSuperstitions are related to magic, and are based upon the desire to have somethingcome true, or to prevent something bad or unpleasant from happening.Satan is the ultimate source of all superstitions whether they are found in the remotestregions of Africa or come from the pages of the latest edition of an American almanac.He uses such things asold wives' tales, childish fears, dread of the unknown, andignorance to implant worry, fear, and anxieties in the mind in order to cause illness,accident, or death, as well as to bind and oppress the lives of millions.Superstitions delude the gullible into hoping that the performance of certain prescribedacts, or the repetition of certain words, will magically bring good fortune, or causesomething desired to happen, or prevent something unpleasant from occurring.Superstitious acts range all the way fromknocking on wood and crossing one's fingersto throwing rice at a wedding or the avoidance of walking under a ladder.Superstitions have caused man to devise all manner ofcharms, amulets, lucky signs,talismans, spells, incantations, lucky numbers, magic rituals, and taboosin an effortto control or influence events.
75Superstitions are not something which characterize only primitive societies, but arebelieved in and practiced worldwide. In the United States, for instance,Hollywood hasits astrologers, Hippies wear their beads and amulets, hotels avoid the 13th floor,auto racers dislike women or peanuts in their pits, and brides often wear a bluegarter for good luck. Farmers believe that if the groundhog sees his shadow onFebruary 2, then winter will last 6 more weeks, while some set eggs under hens onSunday nights to assure hatching. Finding a four-leaf clover supposedly brings goodluck, while spilling salt signifies bad luck. Hex signs to ward off evil are still paintedon Pennsylvania and Indiana barns, while many Americans say, God bless you!when anyone sneezes (originally done in the superstitious belief that it wouldprevent the soul from departing). Servicemen are notorious for keeping mascots forluck, and black cats, like the number 13, spell evil in the minds of millions ofcultured and sophisticated people.Superstitions are unchristian and satanic in origin, and are indicative of a lack offaith in God to provide for and protect His children from evil and harm.One reportin 1974, states that 10 million rabbits' feet are sold annually in the USA, and about 4million four-leaf clovers, while Friday the 13th costs Americans about $250 million inlost business each year due to so many superstitious people who stay home in order toavoid working, shopping, or traveling on thisunluckyday.Superstitions fall into certain classifications:taboos(it is unlucky to open an umbrellaindoors);omens(finding a pin on the floor is an omen of good luck);rituals(crossingthe fingers wards off evil, or insures good fortune, as does knocking on wood, sincecertain trees are sacred in pagan cultures);incantations(Rain, rain go away; comeagain another day.) amulets (charms) andtalismans(Magical objects, as the rabbit'sfoot carried for luck, or a horseshoe placed over the door to ward off evil); andsuperstitiouscustomsandbeliefs(e.g., breaking a wish-bone, the person with the largerpiece getting his wish; blowing out birthday candles while making a wish, or the belief

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