Definitions for "Superstition"
An excessive reverence for, or fear of, that which is unknown or mysterious.
An ignorant or irrational worship of the Supreme Deity; excessive exactness or rigor in religious opinions or practice; extreme and unnecessary scruples in the observance of religious rites not commanded, or of points of minor importance; also, a rite or practice proceeding from excess of sculptures in religion.
The worship of a false god or gods; false religion; religious veneration for objects.
Theatrical people are notoriously superstitous. There are many rules which some people swear by related to working in the theatre. 1) Backstage whistles were originally used to give instructions to the sailors who (because they knew the best knots) had the job of operating the theatre's flying system. Nowadays, whistling is forbidden backstage because it might result in a lost sailor cutting a rope and dropping something on somebody. 2) Mentioning Macbeth in a theatre is said to invoke the curse of the Scottish Play. The only way to break the curse is for the offender to spin on the spot and then spit. This is an approximation to a purification ritual. The spin turns back time, and the spit expels the corrupting poison. 3) Saying Good Luck is not allowed backstage. The term "Break a Leg" is used. See the separate page about this
a single behavior an athlete adopts that is based more on luck and generalizations than on reason
The unfounded believe that certain object, activities or rituals can be helpful or harmful.
Superstition is an album by Siouxsie & the Banshees, released in 1991. The first single, "Kiss Them for Me," gave the band its first top-forty Billboard Hot 100 hit in the United States, peaking at number twenty-three. Breaking tradition, the band handed over production duties to Stephen Hague, known for working with Pet Shop Boys, Erasure and New Order, among many others.
"Superstition" is a popular song written, produced, arranged, and performed by Stevie Wonder for Motown Records in 1972, when Wonder was twenty-two years old. It was included on Wonder's Talking Book album, and released as a single in many countries. It reached number one in the USA, and number four in the UK, in February 1973.
a premature explanation that overstays its time
an individual's or culture's way to conceptualize natural phenomena that they cannot intellectually explain