Just For Fun

Here’s What ‘Touch Wood’ Means Around The World

In case you’ve ever had a thought about a remotely unfortunate event and then spent next few seconds in desperate search for wood to touch and announce, “Touch wood,” for the universe’s good graces to fall upon you; we have a story to tell. Here are a few interesting facts about the ‘knock on wood’ superstition and the origins of its influence on different cultures around the world.

Knocking on wood is a superstition stemming from an apotropaic form of magic, meant to ward off evil or negative energy and circumstances.

The origins of the superstition stem usually from western folklore but are also speculated to be part of Germanic folklore. The Germanic origins believe trees or wood to be the residence of Dryads (nymphs) that can be evoked for protection.

Source: people.howstuffworks.com

But the term holds different meanings & usage in different countries around the world. Here’s what it means in different parts of the world:

India

In India most of us are familiar with the phrase, “Nazar na lag jaaye,” when one attempts to hope for a fortunate statement to not turn around. Synonymous with that sentiment is also the use of ‘touch wood’.

Source: binged.it

Indonesia

Declared as “amit-amit”, in Indonesia, one would knock their fingers on wood and then their heads when overhearing someone say bad things.

Source: blog.malaysia-asia.my

Italy

The Italians choose iron over wood; “tocca ferro” is the phrase invoking good luck when someone mentions death.

Source: darkroom.baltimoresun.com

Iran

With a common phobia of the evil eye and and being jinxed, the Iranians believe in knocking on wood to ward off evil spirits, with the phrase, “Bezan-am be takhteh, cheshm nakhoreh.” It translates to: “I am knocking on the wood, to prevent -it, he or she- from being jinxed.”

Source: en.shafaqna.com

Egypt

With the phrase, “Emsek El Khashab,” translating to “Hold the wood,” in Egypt the ritual is accompanied with a fortunate event or mention of good luck.

Source: samialramyan.wordpress.com

Romania

In Romania, bad luck can be warded off by knocking on wood with the literal phrase, “a bate în lemn”. Although, the rule exempts knocking on wooden tables.

Source: antematters.com

Bulgaria

The Bulgarians usually knock on wood to ward off misfortune, where the nearest wooden object is used for knocking. Again, except for tables; what’s with tables huh?

Source: mycentury.tv

Russia

In Russia, as well as Poland, the habit is to knock on ‘unpainted’ wood to prevent misfortune. In the Czech Republic it is often accompanied by knocking on one’s teeth for stronger effect.

Source: opensocietyfoundations.org

Turkey

The Turkish folk like to pull on an ear lobe and knock on wood twice, to imply “God save me from that thing.”

Source: wanderingcows.wordpress.com

America

During the 18th century, men used to knock on the wood stock of their muzzle-loading rifles to settle the black powder charge, ensuring the weapon would fire cleanly. Hence, the good luck.

Source: onlyoldphotography.tumblr.com

2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Williamnub

    May 22, 2016 at 7:16 am

    Thanks-a-mundo for the article post.Really thank you! Great. Dichristopher

  2. navigate to these guys

    June 19, 2016 at 5:50 pm

    I simply want to say I am just very new to blogs and honestly savored you’re page. Probably I’m want to bookmark your site . You certainly come with outstanding stories. Kudos for sharing your blog site.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Must Read

Quis autem vel eum iure reprehenderit qui in ea voluptate velit esse quam nihil molestiae consequatur, vel illum qui dolorem?

Temporibus autem quibusdam et aut officiis debitis aut rerum necessitatibus saepe eveniet.

We bring the Latest Buzz from Around the World

Subscribe To WhatTheBuzz

Copyright © 2015 The Mag Theme. Theme by MVP Themes, powered by Wordpress.

Designed And Developed By: Deskolab Technology

To Top