Superstitions, beliefs based on magical rather than rational thinking, are persistent. Most promise either good or bad luck (as from finding a four-leaf clover or a heads-up penny) or misfortune (such as by the breaking of a mirror), and thus they are a reflection of people's hopes and fears. Folk beliefs often vary, and one person's taboo may well be another's boon-- a selective process in either case. Actually, "luck" is randomly distributed and cannot be brought about by charms, rituals, or other non-causal processes. Many people are uncomfortable living in a world of randomness, and superstitions may help them cope.

'Came Back From the Dead' Poster

A Chinese Fortune-Teller

Canadian Ouija Set

Cardinal's Swami, the Sage of the Ages

Chinese Fortune Sticks

Congo Nail Fetish

Early Talking Board

Egyptian Ushabti

Foo Dogs 1

Foo Dogs 2

Fortune-Teller Mezzotint

Four-Leaf Clover

Ghanian Fertility Doll

Guardian Bird from Mali

Haitian Voodoo Bottle

Hasko Mystic Tray

Hex Sign


Lucky Horseshoe

Lucky Pennies

Midas Golden Touch Prophesying Board (1987)

Navajo Kachina Doll

Oracle Board

Ouija Mystifying Oracle

Ouija Mystifying Oracle (1992)

Ouija Planchette

Pudding Dolls

Rabbit's Foot

Religious Travel Amulets

Shrunken Head

Simmons Ouija Board

The Three Immortals

Tooth Fairy Collection

Totem Poles

Voodoo Dolls

Voodoo Libation Bottle