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异域采风:英语文化中的幸运符

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小编摘要:在东方文化中,红色、数字8、貔貅等常被视为好运的象征。而在西方英语文化中,又有哪些代表好运的文化符号呢?

People in most cultures believe in superstitions. From earliest times, the English, for instance, have believed in certain symbols and customs which could bring good fortune as well as ward off evil spirits. Old customs seldom die, so don't be surprised because some of these customs are still practiced daily in today's society.
大多数文化背景下的人都信一些迷信。比如,从古代开始,英国人就一直认为某些符号和习俗会带来好运、驱除邪灵。旧习俗很少会消亡,因此,如果当今社会仍然日复一日地遵循着这其中的一些习俗,也没什么好大惊小怪的。

Horseshoe   马蹄铁

The horseshoe is considered a lucky symbol in English customs. It resembles the other symbols associated with good fortune in other cultures such as the crescent, half circle or "U". Crescent or "U" shapes are often said to be the symbol of fertility and also possesses power to ward off evil spirit. As it is made of iron and used for horses, horseshoes are also linked to strength and power. As such, combining all these signs of good luck, the horseshoe is regarded as a powerful device to bring fortune and keep evil spirits away. It is usually nailed to the front door to protect the household from uninvited visitors like witches and evils. However, the horseshoe must be placed in an upright "U" position so that the good fortune will be retained by the household.
  在英语文化中,马蹄铁被看做是一种幸运符。它类似于其他文化中与幸运有关的标志,诸如新月、半圆或者是“U”形。新月或者“U”形往往被认为是丰饶肥沃的象征,并且还具有驱除邪灵的魔力。而马蹄铁由于是用在马身上的铁制品,因而又被人们看作与力量和权力有关。因此,集所有幸运象征于一身的马蹄铁就被人们看做是能招福辟邪的利器。人们通常将马蹄铁钉在房子的大门上,保护家人免受诸如巫师或者邪灵等不速之客的打扰。不过,钉的时候马蹄铁的U形口一定要朝上,只有这样,这家人才能留得住好运。

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2011-09-01 23:27 编辑:crystal156
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