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Superstitions evolved when man did not possess much understanding about science. Man was completely dependent on nature. Reasons for mishaps were not understood by man during that time. There were no machines to monitor the natural processes, such as calamities, earthquakes and disasters. Man was afraid of these mishaps. Knowing no other method, man started spinning stories and beliefs that could protect him from these mishaps. Over the years these beliefs turned out to be superstitions that were followed and believed by one generation after the next.
As the time passed by, many of these superstitions vanished due to development of science. In spite of technological advancements, there are still many superstitions that are followed by people across the world.
Superstitions have developed out of either personal or cultural experiences. Personal superstitions have developed due to experiences that have been faced by individuals in their entire lifetime. Cultural superstitions have developed from one generation to other.
Let us find out about some these common superstitions that are being followed by people across the world even now.
Walking under the ladder is considered to bring misfortune and ill fortune. To support this statement scientifically, one can say that is obvious that if some one walks under a leaning ladder, there are chances of getting hurt by falling objects that the person on the ladder maybe holding.
Another common superstition is about breaking a looking mirror. It is supposed to bring bad luck if one does so. The reason is in the Roman culture one's reflection in a mirror was supposed to be individual's soul. Therefore, breaking a mirror or even looking into a broken mirror would imply that the lost soul would renew its form only after seven years.