Southern Superstitions


In the South, superstitions are facts that science hasn’t proven yet. Through this project we collected pieces of southern culture from family and friends, and the result is a collection of rituals, sayings, and customs that, if practiced, put the odds of life in your favor. Whether or not you truly believe in these superstitions, it is better to be safe than sorry.


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Acknowledging the Supernatural

Bird pooping on you for good luck

Black cats & Bad luck

Black Eyed Peas on New Years

Bloody Mary

Catching pneumonia with wet hair or no coat outside

Knock on Wood (1)

Knock on Wood (2)

No baths or phone calls during storms

Saying “Macbeth” in a Theater

Ouija Board Superstition

Picking up a Penny

Purse on Ground

Shaving Before a Race

Showering During a Thunderstorm

“Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.”

Spilling Salt

Step on a crack, break your momma’s back

Pant your porch blue to keep away haints

If someone sweeps under your feet, you’ll never get married

If your nose itches, you’ll have company

Hang an upturned horseshoe over your doorway for good luck



  • Jack Jacobs
  • Jack Walker
  • Jack Keane
  • Ted McManus



  • Superstitions
  • Customs
  • Rituals
  • Rhymes



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