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Eugene Kraev
Eugene Kraev

Superstitions from Russia

Eugene Kraev discusses superstitions about broken mirrors in his country.

My country is Russia. It's an old country, so we have a lot of superstitions. One of them is about mirrors. Mirrors as associated with both bad and good luck.

Mirrors were invented many years ago, and over the years people have developed a lot of superstitions about broken mirrors.

In Russia, people say if you look in a broken mirror, you'll have bad luck. They say if you eat and look in a mirror at the same time, you will 'gorge' your luck. If you drink at the same moment you look a mirror, you will 'guzzle' your luck.

A broken mirror
Photo:
Paul Everett
In Russia, people say if you look in a broken mirror, you'll have bad luck.

And, you had better not look at a mirror while sitting on a commode. These things may not be not true, but some people believe them, and so do I.

But in Russia, mirrors are not associated only with bad luck. People say if you forget something at home and have to go back for it, you'll have bad luck, but if you look in a mirror when you go back, you'll have good luck.

All in all, if I were in your shoes, I would be careful with a broken mirror. Even if it doesn't bring you bad or good luck, you need to be careful because you can cut yourself. Good luck and God help you.

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