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Turkish Superstitions – You Might Have more In Common Than You Think

9th February 2016

Turkish people like most other cultures have their own superstitions, don't worry you don't have to follow them, after all do most people? But they do tell us about Turkish history and culture and show that are shared distrust of black cats is something we'll always have in common.

So let's take a lot at some Turkish superstitions. 

A black cat crossing your path means bad luck
This is a superstition that has been taken up all over the globe, although its origins can be traced back to the Middle Ages in Europe. During this time the black cat was heavily associated with witch craft and the bad luck superstition as stuck ever since.

You shouldn’t clip your nails at night
The night time is an important part of many Turkish superstitions and myths and unsurprisingly it’s often associated with bad luck. Clipping your nails at night is believed to shorten your life and sweeping your home at night is believed to bring poverty into your home. So if you want to play it safe don’t start cleaning up or grooming yourself when the sun goes down.

Step into your home with the right foot first
The right hand or foot are believed to bring good luck in Turkish superstitions, while the left is more associated with bad luck and misfortune. Stepping into your home or place of work with you right foot first is thought to bring good luck throughout the day. The righting palm itching is also believed to be a sign that you’ll soon come into money, while the left palm itching is a sign that you’ll be losing it.

Throwing out bread is bad luck
Bread is considered sacred in many Turkish superstitions and throwing it out is believed to cause serious bad luck. Old bread should be given to birds and it should also be placed safely in the home so it doesn’t come into contact with the floor.

Breaking a mirror is bad luck
Another old classic than many cultures know, the story behind this superstition can be traced back to the romans who believed that a mirror actually held part of persons soul, which is why breaking them was said to bring so much bad luck. Other similar mirror related Turkish superstitions include things like gazing into a mirror at night will bring bad luck.

Whistling at night is bad luck
Whistling at night will bring bad luck and is considered bad luck and even a sin by some, anyone who has ever been to Japan might be familiar with this superstition. The Japanese believe that it will attract ghosts and other monsters, it’s another interesting similarity between two cultures who are so far apart.

A snake crossing your path will bring you good luck
There’s a number of positive superstitions relating to snakes in Turkish culture, and while a black cat might be said to bring bad luck a snake is actually thought to bring good luck and fortune. Another similar superstition is that if a snake is found in your home it’s actually guarding it. While if a snake is killed bad things are said to happen like floods or continuous rain. 

An Interesting Perspective
Superstitions are interesting because we know they don’t make sense because by their nature they are the belief in a supernatural causality, but what’s interesting is so many cultures share similar superstitions and even today many people still are a little superstitious in many ways. So it goes to share that many cultures do have something in common after all. 

Written by David Varty - YellAli Content Team

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9th February 2016 It seems ,most of these superstitions have constructive logic behind them .

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