Superstitions about Glass and Glasses

Ollie and I welcome you to Day 2 of our Superstition Game. Come, sit, take a load off, and learn something new.

Today's suggestion comes from Gellie at Kaleidoscope World.

Actually, she suggested glasses, but since the post would be too short, I decided to infuse it with superstitions about glass since glasses are made of glass. Okay, how many times can I mention the word glass in a sentence? *laughs*

Here's what you need to know:

A widespread superstition of long standing suggests that some people harbor considerable prejudice against those who wear glasses, fearing that they bring bad luck. In years gone by, it was customary for those who mistrusted people in glasses to spit as they passed in order to protect their fortune.

The superstitious have always been fascinated by the curious properties of glass and the material has come to be associated with a wide range of offbeat notions. It is traditionally held in Britain to be unlucky to look at someone through a pane of broken glass, since this means that a quarrel will shortly break out. To this day, many people also advise against looking at a new moon through glass, as this will bring on extreme bad luck. Glass balls, ideally made in the light of a full moon, have, however, been used for the purposes of divination for many centuries. Smaller versions were once worn about the person to prevent nightmares, cure illnesses in livestock, and otherwise provide protection against harm.

Drinking glasses should never be handed to newly arrived guests but should instead be set down so that the visitors can pick them up. In Russia, guests are often expected to break their glasses by throwing them over their shoulder—a gesture meant to appease the gods. One ruse known in several folklore traditions is to take a surreptitious sip from someone else’s glass in the belief that it will enable one to read the other person’s thoughts. Drinking from a glass at four opposite ‘corners,’ that is in the shape of a cross, is recommended as a means of curing oneself of illness. If a glass breaks, someone in the household is near to death. Similarly, a drinking glass that emits a high-pitched ringing sound for no apparent reason is recognized by many as a death omen and is particularly feared by sailors, who will attempt to stifle the noise at once. Anyone who is worried that someone is trying to poison them should always drink out of Venetian glassware, incidentally, as this will shatter the moment anyone puts poison in it.

Should a glass vase be accidentally broken, this is, surprisingly, a good omen, promising seven years of good fortune—in marked contrast to the seven years of bad luck that will befall someone who breaks a mirror.

What are your thoughts about today's superstitions? Did you know any of them prior to reading this post? Let Ollie and I know by leaving a comment.

Afterwards, visit Gellie at Kaleidoscope World. Give her a spooktacular hello from Ollie and me. 

Okay, until tomorrow! Those wearing glasses, watch out for anyone who spits at you.

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  1. I've heard of throwing food/salt over your shoulder but not glass! The world really is one huge bizarre place, huh?

    Thanks so much for making a post about my word! And also linking my blog XD More power to you!

    1. Thanks for the comments, I did actually broke glass vase accidently while cleaning so I hope it is good lucks


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