Are Arabs more superstitious than the rest of the world? Here are 13 superstitions that are common in the Middle East to help you decide.
It’s that time of the year. It’s Friday the 13th. It’s time to get superstitious.
Stepping into a bathroom with your right foot? Stop! Entering the toilet with the correct foot first is just one of many wacky superstitions to pay attention to in the jittery Middle East.
Are you the type of person who’s also superstitious for the remainder of the year? Do you subscribe to universal codes of superstition by avoiding wandering under ladders or straying in the path of a black cat? Do you keep your brolly closed indoors, or does the Arab in you take over in determining what's good luck and what's not? Does a braying donkey fill you with jeepers creepers? Do you shudder when you hear an owl toot or quake in your boots at the siting of a black crow? Does the saying that a pregnant woman who spies a rabbit or hare will deliver a cleft-lip (hare-lip) child ring true? Do you think all left-handers are cursed?
Here, we cast a fun light over some peculiar Arab beliefs and their western counterparts. Find out what the Arab near equivalents of four leaf clovers and horseshoes are and learn if one culture's lucky charm is the Arabs' jinx. Feeling that freaky Friday 13th spell? Then lose your misgivings for long enough to dip into our pot-luck selection of lucky charms and fate tempters as we guide you through the minefield of superstitions that litter the Middle Eastern mind-set - played off against their Western counterparts.