Happiness diminishes with knowledge

Talismans

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Eva is supposed to be a four-leaf clover as a souvenir from paradise. If you find one, so the superstition, you own a piece of paradise lost. Perhaps a four-leaf clover is also considered a lucky charm simply because it is so rare and therefore something very special.

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"Got a pig": That was what was said in the Middle Ages about the worst participant in a knight tournament. He got a consolation prize pig. Pigs were also considered lucky charms because they modestly eat anything that comes before their trunk. You become fat and valuable from (almost) nothing.

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The chimney sweeper has had a special career: if he was on a par with the devil for a long time because of his black complexion, people in the Middle Ages recognized his benefits. He cleaned the chimneys and made sure that the risk of fire was reduced. He brought happiness to the residents and protected their belongings.

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"Shards bring luck." At weddings, drinking parties and ship christenings, broken glass or ceramics should ensure a happy future. You want to drive away evil spirits with the noise. This belief probably goes back to sacrificial rituals in which the priest broke the offering bowl at the end of the ceremony.

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Fatima's hand is worn especially in the Arab world as protection against the evil eye and is a symbol of strength and luck. Fatima was the youngest daughter of the Prophet Mohammed. The "Queen of the Women of Paradise", like Mary, is venerated as a sin-free virgin in Christianity.

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In Japan, the most popular lucky charm is called "Maneki Neko" or "waving cat". People either wear the magical cat as a protective amulet or set up figures in homes and businesses. The waving cat is supposed to invite customers and bring money and luck into the house.

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Indians see them turtle as the preserver of the worlds, as the father of all creatures. The wise reptile carries the "whole" world on its shell. It is a symbol of the eternal change from birth and death. If you carry a small replica of a turtle with you, it gives the wearer a long and healthy life and protects against diseases.

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In China the Dragon as god of luck. According to legend, dragons are the fathers of the first emperors. That is why the emperors ruled under the symbol of the dragon as a sign of their wisdom and divine power. Their throne was called the Dragon Throne and when an emperor died he rode a dragon into the sky.

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As early as the 13th century, secret messages were put into small cakes in China in order to smuggle them past the Mongolian occupiers. A whole popular uprising was successfully coordinated thanks to the filled delicacies. Later the revolutionary messages were replaced by sayings or good wishes. The fortune cookieas we know it today is the invention of a restaurateur in the USA who immigrated from Japan.

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No Maltese fishing boat should be missing: that Eye on the bowthat is supposed to bring luck. The Horus or Osiris eye probably comes from the Phoenicians and is supposed to recognize all dangers in time.

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The most important thing is the correct use of the Horseshoeso that it brings luck. For one thing, you can't buy it, you really have to find it. On the other hand, the opening of the suspended iron should point upwards. So happiness can flow in, but not fall out.

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Strange that the poisonous one of all things Fly agaric became a lucky charm. A legend provides an explanation: Odin rides his horse-drawn cart through the night sky on the winter solstice, and toadstools grow nine months later wherever the mixture of blood and white drool from his horse falls to the ground. Odin is considered the god of ecstasy and knowledge. One can communicate with God through mushrooms.