Chapter 13: Superstitions, Strange Customs, Taboos, and Urban Legends

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Chapter 13
Superstitions, Strange Customs, Taboos, and Urban Legends


Out of the fears and feelings of helplessness, there arose accounts of personal rituals of survival. Superstitions and religions evolved into accepted rules for appropriate human behavior (customs) and forbidden behavior (taboos). Many of these societal customs, and religious and cultural taboos, are perpetuated in the urban legends of today.