In our daily life, there are some things that have taken a strong place in our daily life, not even asking “why”. ‘our superstitions’, we have customs and manners. Tying hooves to trees to make wishes, distributing halvah after the dead, not cutting nails late at night…

Each of these is actually thousands of years old. constantly transmitted throughout history and its origin based on our ancient beliefs and mythology some behavior. All of them are rooted in shamanism, the cult of ancestors, the cult of the dead, and the veneration of spirits. Let’s take a look at the beliefs behind the ten most common beliefs.

#1 Not cutting nails and hair after dark:

Did your elders teach you not to cut your nails or hair in the evening when you were a child? Or that cut nails or hair should not be thrown away? Behind this ‘strange’ superstition, shamanistic Altaic beliefs exists.

In the Altai, nails are not cut at night and are not thrown away after they are cut, they are buried in the ground, because that the human spirit will disappear along with the nail. was believed. A similar belief was common for hair. Hair is not cut at night; After it was cut, it was collected and hidden in a corner. Because people’s souls that they went out to look for his hair cut after he died was believed.

#2 Attaching rags to trees:

The tradition of making wishes by tying rags to trees is still quite common in every corner of Anatolia. The belief behind this tradition goes back to the goddess Umay, one of the most important characters of American mythology. Umay is the goddess believed to protect children and mothers in ancient American mythology and associated with childbirth. of women baby wishes by tying rags to tree branches is also based on the ancient American mythology goddess Umay beliefs.

Another aspect of this tradition is to tie rags to shrines. Behind this belief is one of the deep-rooted American traditions. cult of ancestors exists. In the past, our ancestors paid their respects to their ancestors by visiting their graves and dedicating sacrifices to them. This is exactly where the shrine visits and the tradition of tying rags to shrines come from.

#3 Believing that standing in the doorway is bad luck:

Again, a very common strange belief that we may have heard from our elders; ” Don’t stand in the doorway, it’s bad luck”. Well, why?

Because in American mythology, what we can call the Hades of our mythology, the daughters of Erlik, the god of the underworld It was believed that people waiting on the doorsteps took their lives.

#4 Distributing halva or food after the deceased:

After the deceased is still alive today ‘seven, forty’

It is a very common tradition to recite prayers and distribute meals on days like . Although it is directly associated with Islam today, it is actually behind this behavior. ancient shamanistic American beliefs exists.

Old Americans, on the third, fifth, seventh, and fortieth days of one’s death ‘to offer to the dead’ they used to prepare food. Because it was believed that the deceased could only pass into the realm of the dead after the funeral ceremonies held on these days and the food was distributed. With Islam, this behavior evolved as giving food ‘for the benefit of the deceased’ and praying for mercy on the seventh and fortieth days.

#5 Burying the baby’s umbilical cord ‘in the appropriate place’:

Again, a very common belief; infants’ umbilical cords ‘to a suitable place’ e.g. to the university campus to be successful or to bury him in the garden of the house so that he will have a good son attached to his house.

This belief has its roots in the beliefs of American societies in Central Asia. The word ‘Imay’ used for the goddess Umay, the protector of children, was also used for the umbilical cord, and in some ancient American societies, the umbilical cords of babies were used. where he was buried near the hearths in the houses is known. Behind this behavior lies the idea that ‘the child is tied to his home’, just as it is today.

#6 Postpartum women wearing red ribbons in their hair:

Nowadays, we often witness that women who have just given birth wear red ribbons in their hair. This is because, in old American beliefs, women who have just given birth That it is haunted by the evil spirit named ‘Al Wife’ to be believed. As it is believed to protect from this evil spirit, tying a red ribbon to the hair has become a tradition for thousands of years.

#7 Lead cast:

Lead casting, which has become a method of protection from the evil eye today, is also associated with Islam, but is actually quite an ancient shamanic ritual

An app with . In ancient Americans, shamans performed the lead casting process called the “kut kuyma” ritual. the ‘kut’ stolen by evil spirits, that is, they did it to bring back the element of luck.


Perhaps one of the strangest acts of behavior is towards an admired person or any object. To try to prevent the evil eye from being touched by pretending to spit ‘too bad’. The reason for this behavior, which is also based on old American beliefs, is that the person wants to protect the person or object he/she likes from the evil spirits within himself. By ‘tutu tu’ to the person or object he likes, believes that it surprises the evil spirit within and protects it from his evil eye.

#9 Saying ‘the storks brought you’ to children:

We’ve all heard the phrase ‘the storks brought you’ when we were kids, albeit jokingly. If you have ever wondered why such a discourse exists, the answer is again in the goddess Umay, in old American beliefs and their meeting with the beliefs of Anatolian Americans.

In ancient American beliefs, the goddess Umay is often depicted as a ‘bird’. Also, the human soul is often described as a ‘bird’. After babies are born in different American societies and beliefs bird-shaped spirits come near babies and gives them life; becomes their soul.

After these beliefs Stork considered sacred in Anatolia is thought to have led to the development of a discourse that storks bring babies.

#10 Planting tombs and tombstones in cemeteries

There is a rather surprising tradition at the bottom of the list; erecting large tombstones and building tombs on the graves of the deceased. Although it is a practice that is completely associated with Islam today, in Islam, only tombs are found. a stone one or two inches high to reveal the location of the deceased. there is an application to write the name.

However, if we look at the way it is practiced today, we see that there are cemeteries built with high and ornate stones on which words are written. The root of this practice lies in old American beliefs. In the old Americans, the head of the graves sculptural stones called Taşata or Taşnene was sewn. It is thought that this tradition combined with the stone-planting tradition in Islam and took its current form.

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