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These are also common superstitions in my native country of Romania, as far away as you can get from Ireland without ending up on a different continent.
Since most of these folk beliefs harken back to the ancient Romans, it’s staggering to see the influence this ancient empire had even outside its borders (Dacia, ancient Romania, had been largely occupied by the Romans by 106 AD, but Hibernia, as Ireland was then known, remained outside the area of Roman control.) and how it’s brief (by historical standards) influence provides us now, almost two thousand years after the fact, with this kind of common denominator.
That is totally fascinating! What are some Romanian superstitions that I didn’t mention here? I love reading about folk beliefs, and it’s always funny in the US when talk gets around to them, since we’re all from such varied heritages. A lot of the folk beliefs seem to go back to even before Roman influence. My other grandma’s family is from Padstow, Cornwall, for instance, and on the first day of May they do THIS weird thing:
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