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Many knock on wood to avoid misfortune but don’t know why.

Last Thursday, September 8, after the death of Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain, photographs of Buckingham Palace and a rainbow that appeared over Windsor Castle scattered across the network.

Twitter users saw a certain sign in the rainbow – for example, the queen’s farewell to the people or her meeting with her husband Prince Philip in the next world.

According to journalist Pia Kaskinen, the symbolism of the rainbow was very suitable for the day of the Queen’s death.

“Everyone knows the legend that gold can be found at the other end of the rainbow. However, few people know that in many cultures the rainbow portends death or is a symbol of death. In some cultures, they were considered a bridge between the human world and the other world,” says Pia Kaskinen.

Kaskinen recently completed The Black Cat Book, which explores the roots of various superstitions.

The book was born out of curiosity.

Once Pia Kaskinen found two euros on the road. Kaskinen’s friend suggested that she play the lottery because finding a coin is lucky.

“I started to wonder why. Superstitions are all over the place, but no one knows why they occur. We knock on wood and cross our fingers to protect ourselves from failure, and we don’t even know why we do it.”

Kaskinen noticed that there are no books in Finnish about the causes of various superstitions. Armed with foreign superstition literature, she decided to study old newspaper articles in the National Archives.

And so the “Book of the Black Cat” appeared.

The book describes more than 50 superstitions and their causes. For example, many are familiar with the expression “get up on the wrong foot.”

“This is due to the fact that at one time the left side was considered associated with something bad, and the right side with something very good. The fact is that the sun became one of the first deities of mankind, and the sun always moves clockwise .When a person turns towards the sun, their right side points in the same direction,” says Kaskinen, who lives in Imatra.

By the same logic, tea should be stirred in a cup also clockwise.

Maximizing Happiness

According to Kaskinen, some of the superstitions go back to the time before our era, even during the existence of the Neanderthals. Mostly it was about survival.

“If we talk about the reason for the appearance of superstitions in a nutshell, then they appeared because people wanted to ‘maximize’ their luck. Living in the power of nature, you had to do everything to survive,” says Kaskinen.

Pia Kaskinen admits that she also believes in superstitions. A couple of times in her life, they even justified themselves.

“Recently, I went mushroom picking and noticed a black feather on the path. I took a couple of steps and stumbled – so much so that I sprained my ankle very badly. And then I remembered a European superstition according to which a fallen black feather must always be stuck into the ground. Otherwise, misfortune will happen “, says Kaskinen.

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