Moving into a first home was accompanied by the necessary rituals to rid the place of any spirits that may have ben left by the previous owners and could harm the new couple or their first child.
A new broom is a common first gift to sweep away evil spirits.
If you do, you will never be swept off your feet and get married.
Likewise, never sweep over the feet of an unmarried person, or they will never marry. Traditionally, when the sick were on their deathbeds a priest would come to receive their final confessions.
Although 13 is considered lucky, sitting down to a table with 12 others is an ill omen.
At the Last Supper Jesus ate with his 12 disciples before one of them, Judas Iscariot, betrayed him.The first use of the Latin superstitio is found in the writing of the historians Livy and Ovid (1st century BC).At that time the term “superstition” was used in Italy mostly in the negative sense of an excessive fear of the gods or unreasonable religious belief, as opposed to religio, the proper, reasonable awe of the gods.Again, some claim this has a basis in Christianity with the symbol of Christ as the Bread of Life.It is impolite to turn the bread up-side-down or to stick a knife into a loaf of bread.Older Sicilians can recall ancient rites, involving making dolls to curse an enemy, amulets to protect themselves from evil, or, on the more positive side, love potions to encourage a slow suitor.Singles, don’t let a broom touch your feet when someone is cleaning the floors.One test for the is done by dropping olive oil in a plate of water.If the oil forms one large drop in the middle of the plate it’s a sure sign of the Evil Eye, but after chanting the right prayers that usually only women are allowed to know, the oil may break up into tiny droplets and spread out, thus breaking the curse of the Evil Eye.The term superstitio, or superstitio vana (vain superstition) was applied by Tacitus and Domitian (80 AD) to those religious cults (druids, early Christianity) in the Roman Empire that were officially outlawed.Throughout history, Italian culture has been rich with superstitions for good or evil that continue to form the basis of many of the Italian Life Rules.