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Thursday 29-Sep-2016
估你唔到 英國人五大迷信與禁忌
好多人都覺得中國人迷信,但講真英國人迷信嘅程度絕對可以媲美中國,尤其留學生去到外國,一唔小心​​好易踩中地雷。之前《英國古怪命名學》提過英國人視「13」為不祥數字,今次同大家數數五個英國人嘅迷信思想,睇下大家會唔會唔小心犯禁?
 
 
1) 打​​乞嗤​​會靈魂出竅​

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初初去到英國讀書,有時打乞嗤隔離英國同學會講句「Bless you」。開頭唔係好明咩意思,以為係禮貌上講句說話祝人早日康復。但其實呢句「Bless you」係基於英國一個古代嘅奇怪迷信思想。佢哋覺得打乞嗤太大力會令靈魂出竅,撒旦就會借機將靈魂吸走(會否誇張咗啲......)。所以Bless you呢句說話係希望保佑果個人嘅靈魂,趕走惡魔。所以某程度上Bless you有啲似Expecto Petrolum,即係Harry果句護法咒。
 
 
​​​​2)​ ​打爛鏡​,七年​​​運濟​

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​去到英國要小心handle鏡呢類物品,​因為當地人相信打爛鏡會行七年衰運......點解?不少British認為鏡係通往其他平行時空嘅通道,打爛鏡等同將自己另一世界嘅分身扭曲,影響自己行衰運。有啲比較迷信嘅老一輩會喺小朋友剛出世時包好屋企所有鏡,以防小朋友嘅靈魂誤闖其他世界。(其實幾詭秘)同古代中國人以為影相會攝走靈魂呢類講法有啲相似。
 
 
3)​ ​​​室內開​​遮​​會撞鬼
 
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英國出名​長期天陰陰,所以佢哋其中一個迷信思想都同擔遮有關。British同中國人一樣,​覺得室內開遮​會撞鬼。其實無人深究過點解開遮​會撞鬼,不過我之前試過問local同學,最後得出一個比較合理嘅解釋,就係早期嘅雨傘用料較粗糙同比較難開,喺室內開​遮容易整傷​其他​人或者打爛傢俬。唔​......有趣有趣。
 
 
4) ​擺新鞋喺枱面會行衰運

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英國人唔會將自己對鞋放喺枱面,尤其係新買嘅鞋。除咗唔想整污糟張枱,其實仲有段故。根據19世紀英國北部礦工嘅傳統,如果有人因工死亡,其他礦工會將佢嘅鞋放喺枱面,間接向佢嘅屋企人傳達死訊。所以英國人開始覺得放自己對鞋喺枱面唔吉利,仲可能會招致死亡。如果你買咗對新鞋返宿舍,記住記住唔好放喺枱面,小心同roommate反面。
 
 
5) 千祈唔好喺梯下面行​

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如果你喺英國見到有條靠牆嘅長梯,應該好少有人穿過條梯下面行,因為英國人相信咁做會bad luck。佢哋認為此舉等同褻瀆神靈,因為木梯同牆之間嘅三角形令人聯想到天主教嘅聖三,所以breaking the triangle係不敬,會有不祥後果。不過老實講,咁樣喺梯下面穿過都幾危險。個人覺得人身安全比較合理。
 
 
其實大家接觸新環境,入鄉隨俗非常緊要,因為每個國家都有自己一套禁忌或者迷信思想,好多時都係衰過先知,真係要小心處理。不過下次見到英國人,大家識做啦。
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Samuel Chan, the winner of Alumni Awards 2017, is the founder of Britannia. He had studied in the UK since the age of 9 for 15 years and achieved his master degree in International Political Economy at University of Warwick. Now he shares his experiences and professional advice in education columns in Hong Kong’s major newspapers.

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