Where did modern signs come from
History will take
Remove empty bottles from the table so as not to cause trouble
The funny thing is that this sign of modern life went from dishonesty. When the Russian army reached Europe, defeating Napoleon, the hussars liked to arrange drinking in local taverns. And since the bill for the party was set by the number of empty bottles, they simply began to hide them under the tablecloth.
Pass Over Threshold
The history of signs is as follows: ancient times, peasants buried the ashes of the dead under the threshold of a hut: this place was considered sacred. Passing things over the threshold “worries the souls of the dead,” and the owners were afraid to incur their anger.
40 years are not celebrated
The pagans believed that by this respectable age, invisible defenders were leaving, he was vulnerable to damage and the evil eye. By the way, this omen did not apply to women: it was believed that women simply did not have a soul, so they did not fear any evil eye. "She lived to be forty — she won’t take any ulcer, witch." Women then lived very briefly. Remember that in all tales all old women are sorceresses. Not a single virtuous woman would have lived so long after 12 births in the old days.
Sit on the track
In fact, this is quite a reasonable modern sign: after a bustle of training, you sat down and thought for a moment - that means there is a chance to remember if you have forgotten some important thing. And our ancestors counted in this sense on the prompt of the brownie. In addition, “sit on the track” is to say goodbye to the house where you had a good time and were happy to thank him.
Do not eat with a knife
The knife is an ancient amulet that protects its owner from black forces, and you need to treat him with the utmost respect. The person who eats with a knife teases evil spirits. Although nomadic peoples have a knife, it’s quite normal and healthy.
According to pagan legend, cats are not just pets, they are magical guides that connect people with the spirit world. And also, of course, the cat is a traditional companion of treacherous witches and witches, her faithful assistant. Of course, meeting with her does not bode well.
But in England, a black cat brings good luck, and a white cat - on the contrary.
To scatter the salt
In ancient times, salt was a rare and valuable product, it was very expensive - and there were no usual salt shakers on the table. Anyone who accidentally sprinkled salt, incurred fair reproaches of clumsiness and wastefulness: of course, everyone quarreled immediately. From here came such modern signs and superstitions.
In ancient times, it was the dishes that symbolized the integrity and well-being of the home. If a piece breaks off a cup, then there is no quarrel or financial problem. Well, the truth is, chipped dishes look ugly and messy. Yes, and it was not cheap. Remember, at least Ushinsky’s famous fairy tale about grandfather who was given a wooden bowl and it was humiliating.
Do not sit on the corner
In the old days, not too honorable guests were planted at a corner (that is, at the most uncomfortable place at the dinner table): poor relatives, nurses and homeless women, who had almost no chance of getting married. So “sitting on the corner” is not a reason at all, but a consequence of modern national signs.
Signs and superstitions for a leap year.