Sandy Leong - Black cats, new moons and ladders: Origins of superstitions

A belief in luck and fate are the key components of superstitions and that they can be controlled by various actions of human beings. Do you throw salt over your shoulder if you spill it? Know that it's good luck if you see two magpies; and wonder if things didn't go to plan because it was Friday 13th and touch wood for good luck? But where did these beliefs originate?

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