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What are examples of superstitious belief?

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One of the most recognized superstitions is that Friday the 13th is an unlucky day. This superstition forms the premise of a popular horror movie series. Other bad luck superstitions include those involving a person walking under a ladder or having a black cat cross his path.

A more positive superstition is that a horseshoe brings good luck and keeps away nightmares. A conventional way to bring good luck is for a person to cross his fingers. Making a wish after seeing the first star at night is supposed to make that wish come true. Finding a four-leaf clover is also said to bring good luck.

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