Folklore & Superstition

Folklore and Superstition covers the topics of good luck, bad luck and uncommon wisdom. Discover more about topics like conspiracy theories, urban legends or voodoo.

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Discover the charm of the Lucky Penny. Unveil symbolism & beliefs. Explore the world of Lucky Penny superstitions.

By HowStuffWorks

Belief in the evil eye has existed since at least 3300 B.C.E. and is found in Jewish, Islamic and Christian cultures of the Mediterranean and Middle East. But why has belief persisted for so long?

By Dave Roos

La Pascualita stands silent and still in the window of a bridal shop in Chihuahua, Mexico. Many say she isn't plastic, but the embalmed corpse of the store's former owner.

By Lauren David


We all grew up playing 'Ring Around the Rosie.' But what does it even mean?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

The legend of the weeping woman has been terrifying children for generations. But experts tell us there's much more to La Llorona's legend than just scaring kids.

By Lauren David

You may have wished upon a star, but have you ever wished upon a rock? Find a lucky wishing stone and give it a try.

By Muriel Vega

The Flower of Life is one of those patterns that shows up in repeatedly in nature and architecture. But what does it mean and why is it considered part of "sacred geometry?"

By Alia Hoyt


Burning sage, aka smudging, has become increasingly popular for the purpose of cleansing energy and promoting healing and wisdom. But what is it exactly?

By Katie Carman

Why have numbers like 2/22/22 been fascinating humans for more than 2,000 years? It has a lot to do with our brains' desire to find meaning and connection.

By Barry Markovsky

If you travel to the small Island of the Dolls in Xochimilco, near Mexico City, listen closely. You may hear the whispered conversations of the dolls that hang around.

By Patty Rasmussen

They're ghostly warriors who stride through jungles and towns in brilliant costumes, holding torches. Flee now or risk their wrath.

By Nathan Chandler


Some people were in the wrong place at the wrong time. Others were in the right place but at the wrong time. And a few just had bad luck thrust upon them.

By Dave Roos

Have you ever felt like a movie or TV show eerily predicted an actual event? There's a name for that.

By Diana Brown

InfoWars publisher Alex Jones has millions of followers. He regularly espouses conspiratorial stories. Are they fact or fiction?

By Diana Brown

Humans have sought to explain solar eclipses since before the advent of modern science. What curious explanations have we invented?

By Laurie L. Dove


Much mystery surrounds the Georgia Guidestones, including the true identity of the man who commissioned them to be built and the identity of their destroyer.

By Jesslyn Shields & Diana Brown

Did ancient humans eat neighbors for nutrition? One archaeologist calculated just how much energy different human body parts contain.

By Laurie L. Dove

Everyone knows that breaking a mirror gives you seven years of bad luck, and that if you step on a crack you’ll break your mother’s back. It’s easy enough to avoid a superstitious catastrophe when you’re at home and know all about the culture and folklore, but what about when you’re outside your native country? If […] The post 10 Absurd Superstitions From Around The World appeared first on Goliath.

By Wes Walcott

This creepy Internet sensation might be just a 21st-century version of folklore, but did he really drive kids to kill?

By Oisin Curran


Comedian Chris Rock once joked that his father's prescription for any ailment was Robitussin. And his dad wasn't alone: Plenty of families swear by various folk remedies handed down through the generations. Problem is, they simply don't work.

By Bambi Turner

Every year a bunch of guys in top hats pull a wriggling rodent out of a hole and allow him to predict the weather. And we all take this seriously. Is Phil the groundhog really accurate or is he secretly giggling at us?

By Kate Kershner

Driving through Vermont's scenic countryside, you might see an anomaly in the architecture odd enough to make you do a double take. What's the story behind those strangely angled windows?

By Debra Ronca

Lucky horseshoes are meant to bring good fortune. But which way are you supposed to hang it, and why are there seven holes in a horseshoe? Read on to find out.

By Debra Ronca & Austin Henderson


It's an iconic holiday ritual: two kids fighting over a wishbone. Each struggles to crack the bone and get the bigger piece, ensuring good luck. What's behind this rather odd piece of folklore?

By Debra Ronca & Yara Simón

The "Bloody Mary" ritual, long popular on the sleepover circuit, supposedly causes a ghastly apparition to materialize in a darkened room. Where did this legend come from? Was there a real Bloody Mary?

By Debra Ronca