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The Use of Salt

In Greek superstition salt is considered to have great powers as a purifying force.  In such, it can be used to ward off demons and evil spirits by throwing it over your left shoulder.  Similarly a new house can be purified by sprinkling it with salt to remove any demons or lurking evil spirits.

Salt can also be used to remove an unwanted guest, or a guest that has overstayed their welcome  from your house.  To remove an unwanted guest, salt can either be sprinkled on the chair of the unwanted guest,  or  thrown behind them.  It is said that if the guest sees you throw the salt the power of the salt is weakened, and is not as effective.  Watch out if they see you!

In some areas of Greece, another superstition tied to salt is that it should be covered in the darkness of the night.  If the moon or the stars shine upon it, it is believed that the carrier of the salt will develop warts or a rash on their body.  Salt and the darkness of the night do not interact well with one and other, as a result of this it is believed a rash will occur on the salt holder's body. 

 

Other Superstitions:  

  • Kalikatzaroi Learn about these little goblins who are thought to run around from the period of Christmas to Epiphany stirring up trouble!
  • Itchy hand What could it mean if you have an itchy hand?
  • A parent's curse What could be more dangerous than a parent's curse?
  • The Fall of Constantinople Learn about a superstition that became a prophesy!
  • Tuesday Find out why Tuesday is considered unlucky by Greeks.
  • The Number 13 Is the number 13 considered lucky or unlucky by Greeks?
  • Priests What is the superstition surrounding these highly respected members of the church?
  • The Use of Spitting What is spitting good for?
  • The Use of Garlic When and why should garlic be used?
  • The Evil Eye  One of the oldest superstitions passed down from pagan times!
  • Sneezing  What is thought to be behind you sneezing?

 

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