Monday, 13 May 2013

Playoff beard

I have a confession to make, even though I grew up in South Africa and never saw an ice rink till the age of 12. I have become a fanatical Ice Hockey fan, thanks to a Canadian friend of mine. Luckily this year the mighty Toronto Maple Leafs have made it through to the playoffs and so I have gotten to grow my playoffs beard.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Playoff_beard

Now I am not a superstitious person, and I do it just to show support for my team.... and also I look dashing with a beard ;) Actually I would go so far as to say most hockey fans and supporters do it just to show support and do not believe the superstitions around it. After all the whole idea of the playoff beards only started in the 1980s and the NHL has been around since 1917.

But this got me thinking to what other wacky superstitions there are, especially those that have to do with religion.The top of the list surely has to be the Mormon temple garments which you have to wear under your clothes for the rest of your life as a reminder of your covenant with god.
http://www.lightplanet.com/mormons/temples/mormon_underwear.html

There are also beards grown by multiple religious groups, which apparently has nothing to do with god saying so anyway?!?!
http://www.slate.com/

The Kabbalah red string, to protect against the evil eye.... maybe they have been watching too much Lord of the Rings.
http://www.kabbalah.com/wisdom/Red_String

The Jewish Kippah, which is used during prayer time.... and has also not been a tradition forever.
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/Kippah.html

Whats your favourite religious superstition?