Broken Mirrors and Bad Luck: How Did the Superstition Start and Why Does It Still Exist?

In both ancient Greece and the Roman Empire, reflected images were thought to hold mysterious powers. By Dr. Barry MarkovskyDistinguished Professor Emeritus of SociologyUniversity of South Carolina Introduction Every human culture has superstitions. In some Asian societies people believe that sweeping a floor after sunset brings bad luck, and that it’s a curse to leave chopsticks[…]

‘Hand of Glory’: Gallows Tradition and Healing in Early Modern England

It was sought after post-execution to cure a variety of swellings, wens in particular. Abstract From the eighteenth century through to the abolition of public executions in England in 1868, the touch of a freshly hanged man’s hand was sought after to cure a variety of swellings, wens in particular. While the healing properties of[…]