Watch out for the wild washing of clothes in Wales if you don’t want a drunk husband.
Superstitions are culturally transmitted beliefs that run deep and sometimes stay part of the zeitgeist for centuries. For instance, knocking on wood to avoid jinxing yourself dates back to medieval times when churchgoers touched wood that was believed to be from the cross and thus divine. These fascinating theories often have little to no evidence to support them, instead revealing plenty about our collective hopes, desires, and fears. In Nigeria, it is believed that heavy rains will besiege your wedding day if you eat food in the cooking pot. An English old wives’ tale states that throwing water out of your house at night weakens your protection from demons. Water is life-giving, essential for wellbeing, and abundant, and it plays a prominent role in many myths and legends. Here are 11 water-based superstitions for fun facts fanatics to look out for during your travels around the world.