Description: A horseshoe hung over a door brings good luck.
Origin: Ancient Greek
The Greeks are thought to have introduced the horseshoe to Europe in the 4th Century BC, and with it one of the western world's most enduring superstitions. A horseshoe resembles the Greek letter Omega, the last letter of the alphabet - which was been be painted on the walls of houses to protect against disease.
There is also a Christian story that attributes the importance of horseshoes to St Dunstan of Canterbury, who happened to be both an Archbishop and a working blacksmith at the same time. The story legend says that Dunstan nailed iron horseshoes onto the devil's cloven feet - an experience that made the devil fearful of horseshoes thereafter.
LUCKY BOY WITH UNLUCKY HORSESHOES
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
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