Superstitions speech Essay

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Superstitions speech

I'm doing my speech on superstitions. Wulp wish me luck, break a leg, knock on wood.

Superstitions, what are they and where did they come from? Are they true are they false or
is there some sort of reasoning behind them? Or are they simply just a whole lot of mumbo
jumbo. I mean ….. awww man (meeoow) there goes a black cat man talk about bad luck it
just took off with any luck that I had, (gosh darn - click fingers well lets see if its
true…Mrs Maslen whadda ya reckon am I gonna get an A for this or what? C'mon c'mon you
can tell me. Damn you cat (shake fist meeooow). Where did that superstition come from? For
heavens sake how pathetic is it! Anyways for most people these are simply old wives tales
and silly misconstrued stories, happenings and events. But for others these are real, they
believe every word of these.

For centuries people have been fascinated by these superstitions. Superstitions have
bewitched, bemused and befuddled the minds of millions, billions of innocent people.
Because believing superstitions is simply showing ignorance and fear of the unknown. This
is why so many people have fallen into the traps and beliefs that are superstitions,
taboos. These superstitions have been deeply influential in history. You look back in
history and you'll find them 600, 700 back in time.

To me superstitions are simply beliefs or practices with no rational substance to them,
for instance, ok a bird, if a bird flies into the house it is a sign of death. Now in all
honesty can you tell me that you can find any reasoning in that at all. Cos that ain't
true birds have flown into our house and you don't see me dead (well derr) bad example,
but no one I even know has dropped dead all a sudden after a bird flew in my house.

When you look at them most superstitions and taboos have to do with some kind of luck be
it good or bad. No one is 100% certain why this is but is believed to have been started
centuries ago. Peoples knowledge of things around them was limited so when people were
having bad luck and something good happened to them, they decided that it must have
something to do with superstition a taboo so it became a superstition. And the other way
round they had good luck something bad happened it was a superstition. The origins of just
about every superstition has been lost in time never to be found because people never
wrote them down they just passed them down from generation to generation. So the origins
of them will probably be lost for ever.

The Webster dictionary states superstition as:
1. An ignorant or irrational belief, often provoked by fear, and is based on an
assumption of cause and effect, contrary to known scientific facts and principles.

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