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Jessika Buehne

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Transcript of Superstitions

What Are Superstitions?
Superstitions-Irrational belief that an object, action, or circumstance not logically related to a course of events influences its outcome.
Superstition In Huck Finn
In the adventures in Huckleberry Finn, Mark Twain uses different themes throughout the book. One main theme is superstition. Twain uses superstition to help emphasize different events by adding "good luck" or "bad luck" to make the cause and effect more dramtic to the reader.
Medium Superstitions
Mediums are superstitious all the time in their job. Mediums use their abilities to see the past, present, and future events of a person. The main purpose of mediums are to communicate and deliver messages to those that are not living anymore. They receive these answers from the dead, spirit guides, and angels. Mediums don't just speak to the dead but they also help the living try to get over those who have passed on. There are three main types of mediums.
Some men and women believe in superstitions on their wedding day. Some superstition are believed to make you have a longer and more successful marriage. However other superstitions are believed to bring bad and unwanted luck to your marriage.
Superstition is found all throughout history and tradition like Halloween.
Fortune tellers are common.
There is good luck and bad luck.
Many athletes believe that performing a specific ritual before competition improves their performance. This arises when an athlete has a good or bad performance and then tries to establish the Cause and Effect of that performance. By performing these superstitious acts it gives a boost of confidence and the sense control.
Examples Of Superstitions That Bring Bad Luck.
Walking under a ladder.
Examples Of Superstitions That Bring Good Luck
When a ladybug lands on you.
Breaking a mirror.
Dreaming about a white cat.
Chapter 1
"Pretty soon a spider went crawling up my shoulder, and I flipped it off and it lit in the candle; and before I could budge it was all shriveled up. I didn't need anybody to tell me that that was an awful bad sign and would fetch me some bad luck, so I was scared and most shook the clothes off of me. I got up and turned around in my tracks three times and crossed my breast every time; and then I tied up a little lock of my hair with a thread to keep witches away. But I hadn't no confidence. You do that when you've lost a horseshoe that you've found, instead of nailing it up over the door, but I hadn't ever heard anybody say it was any way to keep off bad luck when you'd killed a spider" (1.8).
How It Shows Superstition
From the very outset of the story, Huck reveals his superstitions: they have been ingrained in his mind through his upbringing and are a part of his surrounding culture. Other systems of beliefs (such as religion and social "rules") haven’t made such an impression on him.
Chapter 4
"One morning I happened to turn over the salt-cellar at breakfast. I reached for some of it as quick as I could to throw over my left shoulder and keep off the bad luck, but Miss Watson was in ahead of me, and crossed me off. She says, "Take your hands away, Huckleberry; what a mess you are always making!" The widow put in a good word for me, but that warn't going to keep off the bad luck, I knowed that well enough. I started out, after breakfast, feeling worried and shaky, and wondering where it was going to fall on me, and what it was going to be. There is ways to keep off some kinds of bad luck, but this wasn't one of them kind; so I never tried to do anything, but just poked along low-spirited and on the watch-out" (4.3).
How It Shows Superstition
Huck’s superstitious beliefs seem to revolve around bad luck rather than good. He follows his superstitions as a sort of precaution against certain bad events. We see it as Huck’s desire to blame bad happenings on bad luck, whereas he thinks good things are natural or have been earned in some way. Since Huck doesn't trust in religion to explain life’s negative moments, he uses superstitions instead.
Chapter 10
Jim told me to chop off the snake's head and throw it away, and then skin the body and roast a piece of it. I done it, and he eat it and said it would help cure him. He made me take off the rattles and tie them around his wrist, too. He said that that would help. (10.7)
How It Shows Superstition
Although he is skeptical, Huck still humors Jim and his superstitions. This goes along with his general respect for others’ beliefs, and his open-minded attitude regarding different ways of looking at the world.
We have just told you about superstitions in mediums, government, weddings, sports, and culture.Weather you believe to superstitions or not they are all around us, and they come in all different forms!
Common Sports
Baseball, Basketball, Bowling, Fishing, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Rodeo, and Tennis.
-It is bad luck if a dog walks across the diamond before the first pitch.
-Lending a bat to a fellow player is a serious jinx.
-Some players sleep with their bat to break out of a hitting slump or stay in a groove.

-Wipe the soles of sneakers for good luck.
-To continue a winning streak, wear the same clothes.
-Throw back your first catch for good luck.
-Fish may not bite if a barefoot woman passes you on the way to the dock.

-Bad luck for a professional player to take a new number when he is traded to another team.
-A mascot is an important good luck symbol.

-Start only with odd-numbered clubs.
-Players believe they will win if they tap the goalie on his shin pads before a game.
-Always shave before a competition (men only).
-Avoid wearing the color yellow.
-Bad luck to hold more than 2 balls at a time while serving.

Physical Mediums
Physical Mediums do not use mental thoughts to predict events or what had happened. They use the idea of surrounding objects in a house or if they are not at their house then they use clues from what the person constantly looks at, wherever they are.
Intellectual mediums predict the future differently from the other two main types of mediums. They make predictions by listening from what the dead say and they listen to what the love ones say and/or talk about.
Intellectual Mediums
Mental Mediums are the most commonly known type. Mental Mediums use telepathy to communicate with the non-living. They don't use any clues around them and they don't use what the living person has to say. They make predictions based on their guesses.
Mental Mediums
Example of Bad Luck
A pearl engagement ring is said to be bad luck because its shape echoes that of a tear.
Examples of superstition in culture can be horoscopes, or fortune cookies!
Examples of Good Luck
*Itchy palm
*Finding a horseshoe

Examples of Bad Luck
*Friday the 13th
*Walking under a ladder
*Breaking a mirror
*Opening an umbrella inside
*Spilling salt

"He was speak booklet on the anti-superstition ordinance promulg Dobholkar's murder."
"Five cases have been registered under the ordinance. Each branch of the MANS should register cases under awareness among common people about the fight."
"There are ideologies in the society active against the behind he killing of Dobholkar. The Samiti workers collectively and with rational thought. It looks that... Which is obstructing workers from reaching out to..."
"On explaining the anti-superstition ordinance to citizen."
"The government has promulgated the responsibility to see that it is passed in the assembly majority. If needed it should issue a whip to bring... Social activist Baba Adhav said the fight and against superstition level."
"Dobholkar's son Hamid, state working present of Abhyankar were also present. Patil said the booklet been released for benefit of the general public."
- The Times of India

So you could say that the government in India passed a law against superstition because of a murder, and they explained it to the citizens who didn't understand it.
Black Magic
"A legislation to impose a crack down against superstition and inhuman evil and gory practices such as black magic and human sacrifices is on the cards."
"The Bill would be called Karnataka Prevention and Eradication of Human Sacrifice and Other Inhuman Evil and Gory Practices and Black Magic Bill, 2013..."
"Jayachandra said the main objective of the Bill is to create awareness among the people and prevent harmful practices, usages, black magic and such other inhuman, evil and sinister designs by astrologers and conmen."
"The illiterate and educated people fall prey to the black magicians whose false claims of possessing magical or miraculous remedies and anti-social activities damaged the social fibre."
"Under the proposed law, promotors of various such practices that exploit the people would be brought to book."
"The minister said along with the Act, the government would also come out win rules to curb such practices so that

You can put something about the government passing a bill on banning against black magic, saying that the uneducated fall prey to black magicians claims, and the minister will support the decision of the bill.
Another Example of Bad Luck
Saturday is the most unlucky day to have your wedding.
Example of Good Luck
Rain of your wedding day is suppose to bring good luck.
Another Sassy Example of Good Luck
A pine tree planted outside the newlywed's home is a symbol of fertility and luck
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