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Seven cultures, seven superstitions on money


As people from different ethnicities, nationalities, religions and groups have come together across the globe, various cultures have been formed with their own set of rituals, practices and beliefs. Some of these beliefs are highly based on superstition and blind faith. One of them is the belief held about wealth creation or winning some extra moolah. The source of these beliefs, however, is unknown and may even date back to ancient times when natural occurrences during the day or night were explained with primitive reasons and interpretations.

Money, which has always been regarded as something of utmost importance, has been considered to come with good luck. Therefore, some ancient wisdoms deem ‘wealth luck’ to be based on certain practices, such as determining money-winning positions, fixing a color for ‘bad luck’, placing money plant at home and not washing hands when winning money in a gambling session.

Here are seven hilarious and queer but popular wealth beliefs that exist across the seven seas:

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Chinese: When gambling, the Chinese believe that you should ensure no one is reading a book behind or in front of you. Pregnant women are thought as epitomes of good luck and gambling with them is strictly advised against. However, they can be beside or behind you when gambling as this will help you win. The southeast corner of a room is considered important for bringing in ‘wealth luck’ and they prefer not using red color anywhere near this corner. It is believed in this culture that every morning before leaving the house, using a red pen to write the word for money on the right palm for fifteen days from the day of the new moon to within three days of the full moon can bring sheer good luck and wealth amass. Wearing a jade ring on the little finger of the left hand for men and on the right hand for women or tying a 30cm long green string 5 times around your little finger in a clockwise direction brings wealth according to the Chinese.  Their ancient Feng Shui art suggests keeping plants with round leaves, preferably with red or purple flowers, and opening doors to bring the wealth in. Even burying money under floor and walking on it is a well-known wealth-gathering custom in China.

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South Africans: Did you know vultures could help you fill your pockets? Yes, the South African folklore has it that vultures have future-foreseeing eyesight. Reports have shown how vulture heads are kept as ‘good luck charm’ by
African gamblers.

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Argentineans: While some of us might cringe at the idea of finding money lying on the roadside, the Argentineans believe that spotting money on the pavement is an indication of wealth coming to you. But, the folklores advice against spending the ‘spotted money’ or returning it to its owner as that will probably return the good luck to the owner. While we love to spend money in the New Year, the Argentineans love to keep their money inside shoes during New Year to drive more wealth and prosperity around.

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Turkish: Somewhat similar to the Hindu beliefs we have heard since childhood is the belief by Turkish people that if you feel like scratching your left palm, you will soon get money; on the other hand, if your right palm is scratched, it will drive money away or you will spend some. They also firmly believe in the auspiciousness of gold and are of the opinion that if you hold gold in your hands in your dreams, your real life will have you earn money for real.

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Mexicans: A little different to the Argentineans’ belief is what the Mexicans think about ‘wealth luck’. The Mexicans suggest you to make a cross on the pavement after picking up money lying on the roadside. Yes, you read it right! Picking up the money on road will bring in some more. Also, yellow is a color of abundance – one if worn at a dinner party just before the year ends, will accumulate wealth for you in the coming new year. Candles and flowers on the dining table act as symbols of prosperity.

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Japanese: Snakes are lucky for the Japanese and they buy and sell snakeskin purses to attract wealth and happiness.

Are we juxtaposing climbing the financial ladder to walking on snake here?

 

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English: In England, new clothes exude luck and wealth. The English men and women like to keep money in the pockets of new clothes and even wear new clothes on New Year’s day as they believe it will attract money for more new clothes!

Bemused? Well, few of us might even try some of these methods, thinking they will actually work! Don’t we already know that such superstitions are a thing of the past and should be left there, especially when there are better and more efficient ways to invest that would actually work in growing our hard-earned money in a couple of years. Investing in a mutual fund with the help of a reliable mutual fund agency is one such way to ease your money worries and attract prosperity for real. Be smart and realistic and invest in smarter money-growing methods than in a piece of thread, money plant or gemstone-filled fingers! Many such money-investing guides  are available online today that can help you use your finances wisely. One such investor education initiative has been introduced by Birla Sun Life Mutual Fund. 

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First Published On : Jan 27, 2016 13:20 IST

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