[ 2006-09-08 13:45 ]
Superstitions, such as a rabbit's foot being considered lucky,
grow out of man's attempts to explain the unknown. When man disproves the old
belief, and some still cling to the belief, it becomes a superstition. In
Western Europe, prior to 600 B.C., man considered rabbits to be sacred, because
of their belief that spirits inhabited the bodies of animals, and also because
of their belief that man directly descended from a select few of these animals.
Later, the ancient European Celts adopted portions of the older belief, that
rabbits were sacred, and that spirits inhabited their bodies. The Celts, based
on the fact that these animals spent an inordinate amount of time in their
underground burrows, held the belief that the rabbits' bodies were inhabited by
numina, underground spirits with whom they communicated at very close proximity!
Another reason the Celts held the rabbit to be sacred was because of their
prowess in the field of
reproduction. They believed that the numina intended for rabbits to be put upon
pedestals and revered as symbols of procreation, reproduction
with a high turnover rate, of health, and of prosperity.
Since the rabbit itself was considered to be lucky, it follows that any of
its body parts would also be considered lucky. People selected the rabbit's foot
to tote around for good luck because of its capacity to dry quickly, its small
size, and the fact that it made a great key chain!
(英语点津 Annabel 编辑)