As a nation state, Italy has emerged only in 1871. Until then the country was politically divided into a large number of independant cities, provinces and islands. The currently available evidences point out to a dominant Etruscan, Greek and Roman cultural influence on today's Italians.
misbris wrote: What about putting salt on or in something new (like a car) for good luck?
I know the salt is anti-"evil eye" (malocchio). Salt goes also on the oil falls down (on table or on the floor). Oil falling down is a very bad think.
My grandfather used a sprinkling of wine to wish good luck to a new thing (especially cars).
A bit of Italian superstitions:
-to walk under a ladder;
-Oil falls accidentally (in this case throwing a pinch of salt over your left shoulder back);
-to put bread on the table upside down;
-to move in November;
-to open the umbrella in the house;
-to go with the broom on the feet of someone (she/he will not marry);
-to put the broom behind the door;
-to get married on Monday and Friday;
-to sit at the table in 13;
-to put "feet" of the bed towards the door;
-to leave the chairs on the table at night;
and more ando more and more...but today to believe or not to believe in these things depends on the individual culture and...educational level.
Sorry for my terrible English, I'm Italian.
DeFilippis78 wrote:Some of these aren't just Italian superstition. Many cultures believe its bad luck to go under a ladder, the number 13, Friday, and opening an umbrella in a house is bad luck as well.
Blessed salt is mainly used during exorcisms. People mainly use it if they believe there is an unholy presence in their house, like a haunting. But some people just use it in general to keep peace in their homes.It kind of goes hand in hand with holy water. You can actually buy some on catholic websites and if your lucky get some at your church or have them bless some salt you bring in