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Disease might strike suddenly and kill domestic animals or the people themselves. No one knew why rain should fall some times and not others, or where the heat and cold came from, or what caused sickness. The world seemed so puzzling that many people decided that it was run by demons or spirits of one sort or another. They felt it was important to try out ways of getting on the good side of the demons, of keeping them from getting angry. Everyone worked out some kind of superstition he thought would keep bad luck from striking him.

They felt it was important to try out ways of getting on the good side of the demons, of keeping them from getting angry. Everyone worked out some kind of superstition he thought would keep bad luck from striking him. We still have superstitions today. People think that if they knock on wood that will keep bad luck away, or if they light three cigarettes with out match that will bring bad luck. They think that if they carry a rabbit's foot that will bring good luck, and so on. It might make people feel better to think they can keep themselves safe in all these silly ways but, of course, none of these superstitions have anything to do with the real world.

No one knew why rain should fall some times and not others, or where the heat and cold came from, or what caused sickness. The world seemed so puzzling that many people decided that it was run by demons or spirits of one sort or another. They felt it was important to try out ways of getting on the good side of the demons, of keeping them from getting angry. Everyone worked out some kind of superstition he thought would keep bad luck from striking him. We still have superstitions today. People think that if they knock on wood that will keep bad luck away, or if they light three cigarettes with out match that will bring bad luck.

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