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October 26, 2016

6 Lucky Charms from Around the World

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Humans have been superstitious from the beginning of civilization. Though we’ve come a long way from there, we still believe a supernatural force will protect us from everything evil. Good luck charms or lucky charms or lucky amulets are believed to bring health, wealth and keep evil away from us. These 6 lucky charms are quite popular and we are sure you must have heard of the before.

#1 Dream Catcher (Native American Belief)

A dream catcher is hung on the window and works like a sifter. It is supposed to let good dreams pass and stop bad dreams. According to a Native American legend, when the grandson of an old woman named Nakomi tried to kill a spider, which was building its web in her house for a long time, Nakomi protected it. Grateful to Nakomi, the spider built a fresh web on her window, promising her it will keep the good dreams and will send away bad dreams.

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#2 Three Legged Toad (Chinese Belief)

According to Chinese belief, the three-legged toad also known as Jin Chan brings wealth and prosperity. It is said if you put a Chinese coin in its mouth and put it in the corner of your room, you’ll be blessed with affluence and happiness. But, never face the frog towards a door which leads outside. It may result in the opposite.

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#3 Beckoning Cat (Japanese Belief)

Beckoning Cat or Maneki-neko is a popular Japanese good luck charm. A popular Japanese folktale says, a poor inn owner once saved a starving stray cat. Despite having very little food for himself, he fed the cat. In gratitude, the cat stations outside the inn and beckons new guests to the inn. This is why the beckoning cat is often placed at the entrance of the shop and it has one paw raised as if summoning people.

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#4 Worry Dolls (Guatemalan Belief)

These dolls are no more than 2 inches tall, are made of colorful wool and textile leftovers and dressed in Mayan style. It is believed that if you share your worry or sadness with the doll and sleep with it then the doll will take away your worry or unhappiness.

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#5 Rudraksha Nut (Indian Belief)

According to Hindu mythology, it is believed to be an embodiment of the pure spirit of the supreme god, Lord Shiva. Rudraksha is worn as a bracelet, necklace or earrings. It is said, Rudraksha brings health and respect to its wearer.

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#6 Four-Leaf Clover Charms ( Ancient Irish Belief)

The ancient Irish or the Celtics considered the Four-Leaf Clover as lucky and the belief still exists. The Celts believed that a four-leaf clover could help them see fairies and avoid fae mischief, a common source of bad luck. They believed the four leaves stand for faith, hope, love, and luck.

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Which of these lucky charms would you like to have?

Read More: 13 Superstitions That Are Still Believed Around the World

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