Superstition is the name given to any belief which does not have any scientific basis. Thus, one might think that this kind of concept should be almost non-existent in today’s world, given the kind of advancements it has made in the field of science. However, it is not so. There are millions of people still around, who staunchly believe some superstition or the other, based on the culture he or she belongs to. In this article, we will touch upon superstition from various ages through the history.
The Age of Renaissance is one of the most significant phases in the world history. This was the time when people started to search for reason and logic behind a certain occurring, began to ask questions openly, and began to be enlightened. This was the phase when new ideas were being encouraged. Since these were happening at a gradual pace, some of the older ideas and beliefs still found place in the minds of the people of those days. A common superstition of that time was those related to the Witches. Normal women were blamed to be Witch and were made responsible for any bad calamity that occurred in that time, like hurricanes, crop failure, bad weather, etc! Since, scientific reasons behind these occurrences were not known; they held innocent girls responsible for them. They even held trials for suspected witches!
Even though the concept of witch as innocent girls has almost died down, there are still some remote places in the world which does not seem to have moved on from the Elizabethan Age. They still practice witch burning as a ritual. But most people of the modern age are caught up by less dangerous beliefs. They incorporate superstitions with everyday life and its related aspects. For example, the number 13 is considered highly unlucky. Most people do not start any new project on this date; do not number their rooms or the floor of the building with this number, etc. Ditto for the day of Friday, with which the phrase “Black Friday’ is associated.
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