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2008-07-16 10:15

  Horseshoes

  Since at least the days of the Romans, horseshoes have been considered lucky, both for their healing powers (it is said that they can cure hiccups), and for their protective influence (specifically, against witches). Nowadays, the horseshoe is usually placed above doorways for good luck. There may be a lot of reasons for its popularity, but among them at least two are worth considering.

  The more convincing explanation is that the horseshoe is in a horn shape and resembles the new moon. It is said that the hornshaped sign is a protection against the evil eye and similar-shaped charms have been in use among egyptians. On the other hand, the awe in which primitive people must have held the moon, which periodically "dies" and is "reborn", certainly influenced their fascination with this shape.

  The second explanation may come from the long-standard belief in the magical power of iron, and the metal itself may have contributed to the horseshoe's use as a charm. Ancient blacksmiths, performing a kind of crude alchemy, were often identified as sorcerers. This fact, along with the supposed efficacy of fire as a demon killer, helps to support the "magical iron" explanation.

  NOTE:

  hiccup 打嗝儿

  horn 角,角状物

  resemble 像,和...相似

  the evil eye (按照迷信说法)能以一瞥害人的毒眼

  charm 护身符,避邪物

  periodically 周期性地

  fascination 迷惑,着迷

  long-standing 长期存在的

  blacksmith 铁匠

  alchemy 炼金术,炼丹术

  sorcerer 魔法师,男巫

  efficacy 功效

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