|This page contains a non exhaustive
list of superstitions commonly found in Azerbaijan, particularly in rural
areas. Have these in mind when visiting but note that most people are not
superstitious and take these as mere folklore.
When your right hand hitches you'll have luck,
if your left hand hitches you'll loose money.
If your right ear is red someone is saying
good things about you, if your left ear is red someone is saying bad things
Don't cut you nails at night, it may shorten
Horses and horseshoes bring good luck, the
same for dreams about horses.
A cat (not only a black cat) crossing your
way means bad luck in today's business.
Throw a some of water in the wake of a person
that set off for a business or a long trip. It will bring him luck and
help to return home safe and sound.
Salt and cutting objects should not be given
as gifts, since you must not take them without paying a token sum for them.
Otherwise, it will bring bad fortune.
Salt accidentally spilled in a home announces
Scissors should always be closed, if left
with opened blades they may bring misfortune.
Do not give sprouts as a present, the plant
the sprouts are taken from can die, the same goes for eggs.
When walking or doing doing something, never
return from midway.
A person with empty buckets on your way means
Do not hurry to a funeral ceremony and do
not cross the way as a funeral cortege goes along.
When you go out in the morning, if the first
person you meet is a male, you'll be lucky today.
Bread is seen as a sacred substance of life,
do not throw it on the ground or on to the street. When a bit of bread
is dropped on the floor it is kissed and put to the side.
Do not shake hands across the threshold of
Jaduh witchery if common in Azerbaijan.