20 Weird Superstitions Explained by Experts

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Knocking on Wood

Ancient pagans used to believe that their spirits living the trees and knocking on the trunks would summon them for protection. The gesture was also used to thank them when something good happened.

The tradition later took shape in other cultures. Some Christians associated the tradition with the cross and Jews associated it with knocking on the wooden doors of synagogues while seeking shelter during the Spanish Inquisition.

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