The Superstitions in Uzbekistan
Superstition is a belief that some objects or actions are lucky and some are
unlucky, based on old ideas of magic.
Every culture in the world believes certain superstitions. Even societies that are
very rational and scientific are sometimes a little bit superstitious. For example, the
United States is a country that is very advanced in science and technology. But
even in American society, people sometimes believe superstitions. Americans
consider “thirteen” an unlucky number. So, it is rare to find a building with a
thirteen floor in the United States. Some people in the United States also believe
that if Friday falls on the thirteenth day of the month, they will have bad luck.
Task 1 Read several opinions of students on the topic “Superstitions in my
life”. Do you agree these national, specific superstitions of a family, or do you
have any belief in superstitions? And how superstitions affect on your life
1. Superstitions have a big influence on my life, especially in my study. For
example when a black cat crosses my road, my day goes badly and I get bad
marks. In my family my mother always says, “Don’t use broken dishes or mirror.”
And my father says not to sleep at twilight. My grandmother says me that long
nails bring bad luck. An owl is a bad bird too. If it flies into a room it will cause a
There are different superstitions in different nationalities. People believe in them
because superstitions affect their life. For example, when the black cat crosses
your way, there can be an accident. This superstition is popular in many
countries. Uzbek people believe that if they see a white snake or camel in their
dreams they will be rich. And I think the superstitions appeared at the time when
people’s knowledge wasn’t wide.
I don’t believe in superstitions. It is in the people’s mind. They believe in
it.Superstitions came into existence when it was the Stone Age. I think it was in
African continent. Many millions of years ago when a person died other people
put his weapon into his grave. They thought that dead people could use their
weapons in another life.For example, Uzbek people believe that if a man loses his
knife it means a bad luck for him. If a traveler sees a baobab tree it means good ck for him.
You will have a bad luck if you: put a broom with its handle up sit on pile of
blankets (it will lead to debts)If there is a spider’s web at home (the home will
not be blessed, there will no wealth,
Don’t spit to water
To protect yourself from being bewitched with the evil eye you should wear a
talisman Don’t eat chopped carrot. Don’t through your hair into water. f you die
in your dream it means that you will live a very long life. If you see a falling star,
think of three wishes and they will come true.
I believe that if I get up with my right side in the morning, the whole day will be
Don’t step on the threshold.
Superstitions have a big effect on my life. Sometimes many things can be based
on superstitions. For example in my family we hang a bell over the front door.
When people come in, the bell rings and it frightens evil spirits. So the sound of
the bell protects us.
I believe in superstitions and my family does too. I think it’s good when you
know what you should do and what you shouldn’t do in your life. Before meals
everybody must say “Bismillahur rahmanur rahiym” If you don’t say it, your
food will not be good. The oldest person of your family should start eating the
food. It may be your Grandma, Grandpa, your father or mother. These are my
Are you agree or not
Don’t turn bread upside down.
Don’t throw bread ever. Don’t stretch your legs out pointed iss or brush bread off if you
Use the right foot to step into
and out of a room.
Don’t say “omin” with the
knife on the table.
Don’t shake hands or talk
through a doorway.
Whistling at night and indoors
is bad luck.
Don’t point at holy places, for
example don’t point at Mecca.
Don’t greet a person until they
have washed up in the morning.
Don’t stand a broom straight
Don’t put something spicy or
salty in someone’s hand.
When your palm itches you are
going to get or spend money.
If your ears get red someone is
praising or talking badly about
Don’t use broken dishes or
don’t sleep at gloaming;
don’t wash clothes on Monday;
If an owl flies into places
where people live.
in the direction of Mecca.
Don’t stretch your arms
Nothing is talked about as a
certainty in the future (always
“Hudo hohlasa” =”If God Wills!”)
Don’t sit at the corner of a table.
If a bird “poops” on you, you will
“Isiriq” keeps you away from the
To watch a sunrise often, or to get
up with the sunrise is good luck
Do not clean table with paper. You
will never get married ever.
Do not sweep the house 3 days after
your relatives left for a long
journey, otherwise they will never
Do not leave baby's clothes outside
Never say good words about a baby,
the evil spirits may be attracted by
them and may harm the baby.
pray when a new moon is in the sky
tell your bad dreams or nightmares
to the running water
before going out or doing something
you say “Bismillahu Rahmonu
Match the sentences
Don’t cut if you drop it.
Kiss or brush bread off someone is praising or talking badly
Don’t point they have washed up in the moning.