In many religions, the mirror is seen as a gateway to the afterlife. The portal would open most frequently at night because the veil between the real world and the afterlife grew thinnest during the dark hours of the day.
There's a broom in every home. The old beliefs go that it needs to be thrown out as soon as it starts to fall apart. If you don't, you're bound to have family conflicts and problems.
If you break an egg and the shell is in small pieces, it's a sign that you'll have good luck. If you spill sugar, expect good news. The more sugar you've spilt, the more happiness you'll experience soon enough.
In ancient times, the Egyptians believed that there was a vein passing through the ring finger which lead straight to the heart. This legend was adopted by the Greeks during Alexander the Great's conquest of Egypt, from there passing on to the Romans.
Long ago, meteors were thought to foreshadow different events or that they themselves were messages sent by higher beings. One of the more common ideas was that the gods sent these messages.
A tribe once inhabiting the territory of today's state of Montana believed that with the appearance of a meteor their society would be afflicted by disease or that the chieftain would suffer misfortune.
What we know is that back in the early centuries, meteor showers were something quite strange and even terrifying to our ancestors. In ancient times, people would give meteors all sorts of meanings and see signs in them.
A figurine of an elephant, with its rear end facing a door, is the perfect amulet for becoming rich, according to Indian culture. The elephant is a symbol of prosperity and abundance.
Wearing a cross is one of the most widespread rituals for luck and well-being in the Christian world. Believers all over the world wear the cross in the hopes of it protecting and guiding them in life.
In Thailand and China, 9 is considered a lucky number, since in their languages it is translated as moving forward . However in Japan the situation is quite different.