Thursday 18 October 2012

#OBTreat Orangeberry Trick or Treat - Top 10 Superstitions by Laxmi Hariharan

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Genre – YA Fantasy (PG13)
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Top 10 Superstitions
The number thirteen but I turn it on its head for I consider it lucky for me
Spirit-chasing bells. A medieval superstition but it makes sense to me that the ringing of bells (or chimes, doorbells, and other sound-making devices) chases away evil spirits.
Knocking on wood keeps bad luck away (don’t we use this everyday?)
If a person lights a new orange colored candle at midnight on Halloween and lets it burn until sunrise, he or she will be the recipient of good luck. I really like this
Children born on Halloween will have special powers to ward off evil spirits and the ‘gift of second sight. I think children born in today’s age are much smarter, brighter, more intelligent. Really special
Big brother spiders:If you find a few lurking in your room or house on Halloween night, it means that the spirit of a dead loved one is watching over you. Very comforting, indeed.
It’s bad luck if a black cat crosses your path (take seven steps back to turn it around! I promise I have done this for the longest)
A broken mirror represented the soul being astray from your body. To break the spell of misfortune, you must wait seven hours (one for each year of bad luck) before picking up the broken pieces, and bury them outside in the moonlight.
Put your clothes on inside out and walk backwards on Halloween night to meet a witc
Flying bats. If you happen to catch sight of bats flying around your house–either inside or outside–this could be a sign of ghosts and spirits nearby. Grab the garlic.
About Laxmi Hariharan (as written by the author)
Though born in India, wanderlust drove me out of my home country, and I lived in Singapore and Hong Kong before being based in London where I now live. I am inspired by Indian mythology. It was in embracing my roots that I found my voice. When not writing, I enjoy long walks in the woods and growing eye catching flowers.


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