Do You Believe Superstitions?
There are many superstitions in the world. Some people say that they believe
them, but others think they are just lies and nothing. What is a superstition? It is
the belief that people made for their good luck and also bad luck that we want
to avoid negative situations. Do you believe it? There are many superstitions in
Korea, and especially I want to tell about Korean superstitions of an exam.
Korean people often eat rice cakes which are called “Tteok” before they take
a test, because it is very sticky. We also eat “Yeot”, and it is a type of sticky
and sweet Korean candy made from glutinous rice. It is believed that good
fortune will stick on to you if you eat them. Korean students usually eat these
before an exam so that all the knowledge sticks into their head. They believe
that if they chew sticky things such as “Tteok”, “Yeot” and taffies, their name
will be able to be stuck on the board of the successful candidates. For instance,
most Korean parents give Tteok and taffies to their children who will have CSAT
similar to SAT in America. I also got a lot of taffies from my parents, friends
and relatives when I was a high-school senior.
However, Korean people have bad superstitions that they need to be careful
about it before the exam. They don’t eat brown seaweed soup or noodles,
because they are slippery. They think if they eat slippery foods, they will slip
when doing their test, and then they can’t stand up. They also believe slippery
foods also will lubricate their brain and the material they’ve studied will slip right
out of their head. Similarly, Korean people don’t cut their nails and hair ahead of
the exam, because they believe that it will cut down their scores.
In my opinion, it depends on the people’s mind whether superstition is
believable or not because it was just made by people. I usually accept
superstitions that will only give good fortune. I believe there is no right or wrong
things in the superstition. Therefore, I think it is better to believe that you think it
will give you a good luck.