Armenian superstitions are numerous and bizarre! You’ll find quite a lot of interesting stuff which will startle you and sometimes even make you laugh. Here are some of the most unique ones chosen from Armenian superstitions.
Armenians, especially older generation, are known for their deeply rooted beliefs and superstitions. Superstitions come to Armenians from ancient unmemorable times. There are some elements of superstitions which are preserved even from pagan period of Armenia.
You can face with different Armenian superstitions almost anytime, including wedding ceremonies, funerals, and why not even when you’re sitting at home practically doing nothing: who knows, maybe the position in which you’re sitting will also be a bad sign.
Paying attention to all Armenian superstitions would be insane, however some of them are fun enough to know.
Sometimes Armenian superstitions may seem so weird and beyond logic that they will make us exclaim “why on Earth?”
Younger generation is not much inclined to believing in superstitions. Many of Armenian superstitions are faded away, though some of them are thoroughly preserved till out day. So, here we go.
Armenian Superstitions #1: Evil Eye – Armenians will Definitely Find Someone to Blame
Evil eye is the most common superstition among Armenians. Armenians are pretty sure that all of them have a huge army of haters, who will envy them and do harm with their negative emotions, which they call evil eye.
It’s funny, but even if Armenians slip and fall down they comment it as someone’s evil eye.
Armenians have found their unique protection against evil eye. It’s a blue stone which is very much alike to an eye shape. Armenians believe that this blue stone protects then. They wear it as medallions, or just keep it in their cars.
However most frequently you can meet this blue stone on children, as they’re the most loved and vulnerable creatures, which have to be protected.
Armenians are even strongly suspicious about compliments. If somebody gives them compliments then they must pinch their own buttocks for being protected from evil eye. This is absolutely hilarious!
Armenian Superstitions #2: Staying Cautious for Travel and the Road
- If a person is going to travel or at least have a long road, then the others must pour the water just after he’s gone. This is done for having light and safe journey. This Armenian superstition is one of mostly loved and popular among Armenians.
- If a person is on his road and hears a croak of raven then he should come back at once, and not go anywhere as it’s not a good sign. This Armenian superstition is not very practical, as it’s not very sensitive to say “goodbye” all the plans of the day, just because of a raven croak.
You can meet Armenian superstitions in almost all spheres of daily life. It appears, for instance, that Armenians are also good at predicting the weather.
- If the autumn leaves fall on their wrong side, the winter will be snowy and cold.
- The same thing is with the onion superstition. If the peel of the onion is thick then Armenians expect cold winter. You can hear this kind of predictions from Armenian Grannies very often.
Armenian Superstitions #3: Of Course, Fate and Money Couldn’t Be Missed
You’ll find quite a lot of Armenian superstitions about what thing will bring you luck and what will bring you unhappiness. Wondering about money? Yes, there is quite a great stuff of instructions, what to do for getting rich and successful.
- The new moon brings fertility and money. If there’s a new moon, then you should show the new moon your money, in order not to be in need of money during the whole month. Not sure how others will react when they see someone showing money to the moon.
- If you clean the table with cloth, it will bring fertility to family, if you clean it with napkin there will be unnecessary waste of money.
- You may be surprised but according to Armenian superstitions if you have itch in your hand, either it will cause an amount of money coming in or, unfortunately going out. The whole thing is in what hand you feel the random itch. If it’s in the right palm then you’ll give money, if it’s in the left palm, then congrats, you’re about to get money.
Armenian Superstitions #4: If you Spill Salt be Ready for Quarrels
Armenian superstitions are unique. Even the salt spilled during the ordinary meal time is also a bad sign. Armenians are pretty sure that if you spill salt, it will cause quarrels in family. If you want to prevent the quarrel, then you must to put a sign of a cross with your finger on the spilled salt.
There are also some peculiar Armenian Superstitions connected with sneezing
- If somebody sneezes just before you stated something then your statement is proven to be right.
- Sneezing one time is a sign of luck; two times is a subject of worrying.
Armenian Superstitions #5: Armenian Weddings are Full of Superstitions
- One of the most popular Armenian superstition about weddings is that Armenian wedding ceremonies are not held on May. It is widely accepted that those couples who get married on May will be unhappy in future.
- The bride shouldn’t wear pearls during the wedding. This will bring tears to her.
- If the bride wears her wedding dress before the wedding day, then the wedding will not take place. It’s kind of weird. Then how must she know whether the dress suits her or not?
- Getting married in a leap year is also not advisable.
Armenian Superstitions #6: Corner of the Table? Get Ready for Staying Unmarried in Near Future!
Unmarried ones don’t sit at the corner of the table, as according to Armenian superstitions it’s highly alike they’ll never get married because of that. Some say, it’s not for lifetime, but only for the coming 7 years.
The superstition is quite practical till our days. When being a guest, unmarried people aren’t allowed to sit at the corner of the table.
Armenian Superstitions #7: Black Cat
Black cat is one of the classics. It’s widely accepted not only in Armenia but also throughout the world.
If a black cat crosses your road it’s a bad sign and it’s advisable for you to change your way.
Armenian Superstitions #8: Black Dog – Less Known
Everybody knows about black cat, though fewer will know about black dog superstition.
In contrast with black cat, black dog is a good sign and those who keep black dog in their houses will be protected from devils.
Sounds creepy, isn’t it?
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