Good Luck Charms Around the World
Good luck, bad luck, it all happens to us once in a while.
For some that doesn’t go far enough so they add a so-called Good Luck Charm in order to… well, get more luck I guess.
Now here comes the interesting thing: You know that I have proclaimed that nothing is culturally neutral (watch my TEDx talk here where I explain this further), and that also goes for the good luck charms.
Good luck charms are different in different parts of the world. Just like signs of bad luck; the number 13 in Europe and North America, the number 4 in Japan (it is the Japanese character for “death”, etc.)
It’s also interesting that different ornaments proclaim to give you different kinds of luck. For example:
- Good for your health
- Bring you lots of money
- Protect you from evil and take care of romantic relationships (all in one charm)
- Some are an intermediate between your good luck or wish and the Gods or Saints that should help you get that
- Up to worrying less all the way to having better fertility…
Below is an interesting infographic that shows how these good luck charms differ in different parts of the world.
Have a read and let me know what you think.
Oh, and of course, good luck afterward…
I have a Master's Degree in Organisational Psychology and have lived in the USA, the Netherlands and, currently, in Belgium.