Superstition

superstition, an irrational belief or practice resulting from ignorance or fear of the unknown. The validity of superstitions is based on belief in the power of magic and witchcraft and in such invisible forces as spirits and demons. A common superstition in the Middle Ages was that the devil could enter a person during that unguarded moment when that person was sneezing; this could be avoided if anyone present immediately appealed to the name of God. The tradition of saying "God bless you" when someone sneezes still remains today.

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Superstition: Selected full-text books and articles

Superstition: Belief in the Age of Science By Robert L. Park Princeton University Press, 2008
''Walking under a Ladder": Superstition and Ritual as a Cognitive Bias in Management Decision Making By Harada, Yoshifumi; Hunter, Murray Economics, Management and Financial Markets, Vol. 7, No. 4, December 2012
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Sport Superstition as a Function of Skill Level and Task Difficulty By Wright, Perry B.; Erdal, Kristi J Journal of Sport Behavior, Vol. 31, No. 2, June 2008
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Sport Superstition: Mediation of Psychological Tension on Non-Professional Sportsmen's Superstitious Rituals By Brevers, Damien; Dan, Bernard; Noel, Xavier; Nils, Frederic Journal of Sport Behavior, Vol. 34, No. 1, March 2011
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Taking Superstitions Seriously [1] By Selberg, Torunn Folklore, Vol. 114, No. 3, December 2003
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The Origin of Superstition, Magical Thinking, and Paranormal Beliefs: An Integrative Model By Lindeman, Marjaana; Aarnio, Kia Skeptic (Altadena, CA), Vol. 13, No. 1, Spring 2006
Superstitious Rule Generation Is Affected by Probability and Type of Outcome By Rudski, Jeffrey M.; Lischner, Mark I.; Albert, Lori M The Psychological Record, Vol. 49, No. 2, Spring 1999
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The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion By James George Frazer; Robert Fraser Oxford University Press, 1994
The Psychology of Superstition By Gustav Jahoda Allen Lane, 1969
Melville's Folk Roots By Kevin J. Hayes Kent State University Press, 1999
Librarian’s tip: Chap. 1 "Superstition and the Sea"
The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America By Michael T. Taussig University of North Carolina Press, 1980
Encyclopedia of Superstitions By M. A. Radford; E. Radford Philosophical Library, 1949
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