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Left handed myths and misunderstandings

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Left-handers do tend to do badly whenever there is any talk of superstition or things that cannot be understood.

Folklore and Superstitions
Superstitions that are IN FAVOUR of Lefties
Social behaviour
Religion
Animals
Trivia

Folklore and Superstitions

For thousands of years, the Devil has been associated with the left hand in various ways and is normally portrayed as being left-handed in pictures and other images. In the seventeenth century it was thought that the Devil baptised his followers with his left-hand and there are many references in superstitions to the “left-hand side” being associated with evil. As an example, in France it was held that witches greet Satan “avec le bras gauche” or with the left hand. It is also considered that we can only see ghosts if we look over our left shoulder and that the Devil watches us over the left shoulder.

  • Evil spirits lurk over the left shoulder – throw salt over this shoulder to ward them off. In Roman times, salt was a very valuable commodity, giving rise to the word “salary” and was considered a form of money at the time. If salt was spilled, that was considered very bad luck, that could only be avoided by throwing some of the spilled salt over your left shoulder to placate the devil.
  • Joan of Arc (burned at the stake in 1431 for being a heretic and a witch) was not necessarily left-handed, she may have been depicted in this way to make her seem evil.
  • Getting out of bed with the left foot first means that you will have a bad day and be bad tempered . i.e. getting out of bed the wrong side.
  • A ringing in the right ear means that someone is praising you. In the left ear it means that someone is cursing or maligning you.
  • An itchy right palm means that you will receive money. An itchy left palm means you will have to give money.
  • Wedding rings worn on the third finger of the left hand originated with the Greeks and Romans, who wore them to fend of evil associated with the left-hand
  • The Romans originally considered the left to be the lucky side and used for augury. However, they later changed back to the Greek methods and favoured the right-hand side.
  • The right hand often symbolises ‘male' while the left hand is ‘female'.
  • If you hear the sound of a cuckoo from the right it will be a lucky year. If the sound comes from the left it will be unlucky.
  • The Meru people of Kenya believed that the left-hand of their holy man has such evil power that he had to keep it hidden for the safety of others.
  • If your right eye twitches you will see a friend, if it's your left eye that twitches you'll see an enemy.
  • When dressmaking it's believed to be bad luck to sew the left-hand sleeve onto a garment before the right sleeve.
  • When leaving to go on a journey, if your right foot itches you're bound to have a good journey. If your left foot itches it will end in sorrow.
  • It is thought to be bad luck to pass a drink to another person with your left-hand or anti-clockwise around a table.

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Superstitions that are IN FAVOUR of Lefties

  • Anyone who digs coal out of the ground from under his or her left foot in the Spring will have very good luck.
  • If you apply an ointment with the forefinger of the right hand the sore will not heal. This is because this finger is said to be the ‘poison' finger.
  • The ancient Zuni tribe considered left-handedness a sign of good luck. They believed the left was the older and wiser

Social behaviour

  • Passing or pouring wine with the left hand leads to bad luck.
  • A left-handed toast is tantamount to a curse on the victim.
  • Driving on the left – started so that horse riders could use their whips in the right-hand to fend off other road users – see more about this

Religion

  • Christianity is strongly based towards the right hand. It is the right had that gives the blessing and make the sign of the cross.
  • On one count, the bible contains over 100 favourable reference to the right-hand and 25 unfavourable references to the left-hand. E.g.: The right hand of the lord doeth valiantly, the right hand of the lord is exalted (Psalm 118 vv15,16)
  • The left hand does worst in the parable of the sheep and goats. The sheep are set on Christ's right hand and the goats on the left. Those on the right inherit the kingdom of god while those on the left depart into everlasting fire (to quote Matthew 25: verse 41: Then he will say unto those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels.”)
  • The situation is much the same in Judaism and Islam. In Islam, the left hand and everything associated with it is seen as unclean. This stems from the Middle Eastern custom of using the left-hand and water instead of toilet paper and, more recently, of using the left handed to hold toilet paper for the same function.   This is the origin of the term “cack-handed

Animals

  • We have had a report that the majority of parrots are left-footed – does any one know anything about this or any other animal left-handed facts?
  • There is also a report of polar bears being left-handed, but we need to get more information.

Trivia

  • Officials in Mensa, the high IQ society believe as many as 20% of their members are left-handed.
  • The first recorded Siamese twins born in 1811 were joined at the waist. Their names? Chang and Eng, which simply meant ‘Left and Right'
  • The figurehead on the Cutty Sark is a left-handed witch.
  • Studies have shown that left-handers are more likely to have allergies than right-handers – aahtishoooo!!
  • Most left-handers, when drawing figures face them to the right.
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343 comments on “Left Handed Myths
  1. Chloe says:

    I am left handed.Not kidding.Anyways, everyone in my class is like right handed, and everything gets stranger and stranger.I feel like my right hand is dead.

  2. rhys says:

    when you go spear fishing,fish that swim to the left will avoid the spear while a fish going right, will get caught.. Well that was what I was taught

  3. Rose Ann Vincent says:

    My Mother could write and do other chores with both left and right hand. She never talked about it much until she was in her 80s but she thought people made her write with her right hand when she was young. Her Mother died when she was 7 so things like that were suppressed memories.

  4. Eva-Maria Lidl says:

    As I said, I’m left handed and as we all know in our days, it is which half of the brain is leading the dominant side. And – what the hell does it matter with which Hand I write or do Things ??? Is ist not “as Long as I “can” do my stuff is all that matters ???? I read so many articles about left or right. One of them was that “left handed People are very artistic, creative aso !!!! Like I said, what does it matter ???? I could do everything I ever had or wanted to, just often had to rethink, because I had to turn Things over as they were often “arse about face” as the saying goes! Does that make sense to everyone ???? Well, to my mind it should! All the best to all the left- and right handers !!!!

  5. RHEA says:

    All is wrong being a lefty is best super power. It means you are very unique person in is boring righties world.I am telling this because i am a lefty.

  6. erikka potts says:

    I am left handed. My mother was a twin and she was left handed. It’s odd to really consider someone left handed who doesn’t write with their left hand…but I never realized how much taboo being left handed was, how little of us there are (10-12%) world wide and that many poor lefties were forced to use their right hand. I like the theory of the dominant hand being decided at birth. All in all, I find left handed people more ambidextrous than not for instance I’m (20) and an artist, I can draw with both hands but not write. My sister who is right handed can’t even brush her teeth with her left hand lol. I wish more left handed people knew how awesome their left handedness is!! As well as more research being conducted by left handed people! Because in “theory” lefties have high IQs, dyslexia paired with a genius ability, creativity (drawing, painting, instruments, poetry) . Use both sides of our brains lol usually very well together and we’re very prone to mental disorder like depression and schizophrenia. Also, visualizing 3D images- exceptionally well. There’s so many cool, crazy things that have yet to be explained(:

  7. Wilford Raney says:

    My 3rd grade teacher beat my hand with a ruler in front of the class when I continued to use my left hand anyway. Until I had only known I was smart. When my parents went to remove me from her classroom they told them that hey should leave me in her classroom because I was insubordinate and I would teach the students to disrespect if I won her fight. My parents started believing my actions were out of spite. My 3rd teacher made my life a living hell. But I still made an A in her class, but I made an f in conduct

  8. dorrin b rosenfeld says:

    Very interesting. I had an accident 30 years ago. As a result, I’m much more stable carrying thing with my Left hand, although I am Right-handed…

  9. K. Davis says:

    I came across this website after Googling ‘left-hand’. I am glad I selected this website because the information is fascinating. I am 63 years old and right-handed, but remember that my mother would make my younger brother at 3 years old and left-handed, write with his right hand.

    Also, in the same vein as above, my wife was originally left-handed, but forced right-handed by her mother. I did not know this after 25 years of marriage until she injured her left hand and was unable to wipe herself cleanly after using the toilet. It was something she was used to doing. Evidently, her mother was not in the bathroom to force her to use her right hand and she continued using her left hand.

    Please reply if you have left handed stories.

    Thank You.

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