Spilling Salt

When spilling salt, do you quickly throw a pinch over your left shoulder?

Years ago the general belief was that good spirits lived on the right side of the body and bad spirits on the left. So when a man spilled salt he was sure his guardian spirit had caused the accident to warn him of evil nearby. At the time, salt was a precious and scarce item in many regions. To bribe those spirits who were planning to harm him, he would quickly throw a pinch of salt over his left shoulder.

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