Superstition

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


Kokopeli


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