Description: Kill the first adder you see in spring and you will have triumph over your enemies; let an adder live and bad luck will attend you.
Origin: Ancient, except Egypt
It was widely considered good luck to kill a snake in most circumstances, and this is another health-and-safety superstition that may be applicable today.
Just about the only ancient peoples out of line on this policy were the Egyptians, who thought snakes were sacred and made them an emblem of Pharaonic rule. On the other hand, just about everything in Ancient Egypt was sacred; and even their snake god, Apep, was responsible for evil and darkness.
If you spotted a pretty girl with a
snake would you kill it?
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
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