Feeling Superstitious? From Three-Legged Toads to Carp Scales – The World’s Most Unusual Good Luck Charms Revealed
Question: What do all of these have in common?
A Scarab Beetle in Egypt
A Rabbit’s Foot in North America
A Hamsa in Israel
Answer: They are all believed to bring luck by different parts of the world!
Whether you believe in luck or not, it’s a concept that many cultures around the world take very seriously. Different communities have different lucky charms, that they believe will protect them and bring them good fortune, and NetentStalker have rounded up some of the most obscure.
There’s No Such Thing As Luck – Or Is There?
NetentStalker’s new infographic takes you around the world in lucky charms. From Germany to Japan, the round-up details the lucky charm, where it originated from and why it’s considered to be lucky.
Some of the most interesting results include:
Jin-Chan, from China: If you’d like to bring some Feng Shui into your household, the Money Toad is a traditional Chinese charm for prosperity. The Jin-Chan is said to appear near houses or businesses that are going to receive good news. The figure depicts a toad sitting on top of a pile of gold coins, with another coin in its mouth.
Pysanky, from Ukraine: In a tradition thought to date back to the pre-Christian era, a hard-boiled egg decorated with blues, reds, pinks and oranges signifies fertility, good luck and happiness at Easter time.
Scarab Beetle, from Egypt: Whilst not the most glamorous of bugs, for Egyptians, the act of the beetle rolling its dung across the sand represents the sun god Ra rolling the sun across the sky.
Acorn, from Norway: The Vikings associated oak trees with Thor, the god who created thunder and lightning with his great anvil and hammer. Because the tree attracted lightning, it was sacred to Thor. Thus they believed that the acorn, the fruit of the oak tree, was always spared the god’s wrath, and so they began putting a single acorn on their windowsills to protect their houses from lightning.
See infographic here(via www.netentstalker.com).