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Superstition


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i guess im just wondering if people did things in a certain way because they wanted to appease their gods? or was some of it just down to superstition,so maybe i do mean does the belief in a god and the subsequent behaviour of people come down to the belief in luck/bad luck or superstition

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Now, or in the past?

 

For now, I'd say there is another way entirely: to do things because of one's relationship with gods, without relation to the kind of luck it might bring. ISTM that doing something specifically to attract good luck, or avert bad luck, is entering a contract with a god. And, as every Heathen knows, that means 'a gift for a gift'. :) In other words, if we want something from a god, it's a matter of negotiating whether one is willing to give it ,and what they want in return. But that isn't the same thing at all as the don't-walk-under-a-ladder sort of superstition.

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In the past

my reasoning being that i presuming that people weren't as clued up on the ways of the world as we are now,with the lack of understanding of science and the way things work ETC

Also im not wondering about the more mundane superstitions such as not walking under a ladder,i guess i mean do you think that the performing certain rituals or making certain offerings could be down to the superstitions of the time ......this is what happens when i have too much time to think :)

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