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Becky: Hello and welcome to Culture Class: American Superstitions and Beliefs, Lesson 3. Walking Under Ladders and Horseshoes. Becky here.
Eric: And I'm Eric.
Becky: In this lesson you’ll learn about two common superstitions in the U.S. The first superstition is about bad luck. What are we going to talk about?
Eric: First we’re going to talk about walking under a ladder
Becky: When you're in the U.S., make sure not to walk underneath a ladder. Instead go all the way around.
Eric: This probably became a superstition because it’s just dangerous to walk under a ladder.
Becky: Right, if someone or something is on the ladder, walking under it and knocking it could cause an accident.
Eric: But some people say it's because the ladder forms a triangle.
Becky: A triangle is a symbol of the Holy Trinity, so walking through it is breaking the Trinity.
Eric: So remember, it’s unsafe and blasphemous to walk under a ladder.
Becky: Now let’s talk about something that brings good luck...
Eric: How about a lucky horseshoe?
Becky: In the U.S., it's believed that hanging a horseshoe, especially above a doorway, is good luck.
Eric: Make sure to hang it so that it makes a "U" shape. Otherwise, all the luck will drain out.
Becky: Where does this superstition come from?
Eric: Well, people used to believe that iron kept evil spirits away.
Becky: Evil spirits couldn’t come near anything with iron, because it would cause them pain.
Eric: That’s why it’s especially lucky to put near your door. This way, evil can’t come into your house.


Becky: There you have it - two American superstitions! Are they similar to any of your country’s superstitions? Let us know in the comments!
Eric: Bye!


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Is there any similar superstition in your country?

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In India, It is believed that black cats crossing a person's path is a bad omen.