15 Crazy Superstitions Related to Being Left Handed

Neal Beedie September 2, 2011 21

Let’s deviate from left handed guitars for a second and chat about being awesome left handed people in general.  We’ve compiled a list of 15 superstitions, myths and tales of folklore which show the stigmas associated with being left handed in times gone by.

For the most part there are very few positive myths associated with the left hand.  The overwhelming majority of left handed superstitions involve some general theme of bad luck and evil, devil worshipping madness.  Hope you aren’t too superstitious!

Negative Left Handed Superstitions, Myths and Tales of Folklore

1.In ancient imagery the left hand would generally symbolise ‘female’, while the right hand would symbolise ‘male’.

2.Many people believed it bad luck to pass a drink to someone with your left hand.  Likewise, pouring a drink with your left hand isn’t going to bring you luck!

3.Staying on the subject of drinking – giving a toast with your left hand is the same as placing a curse on the person(s) you are toasting!

4.In the profession of dressmaking it is considered bad luck to attach the left sleeve before sewing on the right one.

5.Which foot do you place on the floor first when getting out of bed?  Many people believe that getting out of bed left foot first will result in you having a bad day!

6.If you have a twitch in your left eye you will see an adversary, but if the twinge is in your right you will see a friend.

7.If you have an itch on your left palm this means you will need to pay some money out, whereas if it’s on your right you will be the one receiving the cash.

8.The Devil has been associated with the left handed for thousands of years. In 1431 Joan of Arc was found guilty of being a witch and burned at the stake.  Depictions show her as being left handed in order to make her appear more evil!

9.The tradition of wearing your wedding ring on the left handed was started by Romans, who used the ring to ward off evil associated with the left.

10.People believed that evil spirits would skulk behind your left shoulder. In Roman times salt was a very valuable commodity and it was seen as extremely bad luck to spill some.  This is why if you spill salt you should throw it over the left shoulder – to appease the Devil!

11.Do you ever experience a ringing in your ears?  Apparently if it’s in your right ear this means that someone is praising you, whereas if it’s in your left someone is busy cursing you!

12.If you are going travelling and your left foot itches you are going to have a bad journey.  An itch on your right foot will result in a pleasant and efficient voyage.

13.At the beginning of a new year, if you hear a cuckoo singing in your right ear then you will have a lucky year.  If you hear it in your left, well, you get the idea by now…

Positive Left Handed Superstitions and Myths

They can’t all be bad right? ;)  Well I struggled, but I managed to find two…

14.In Spring, if you dig up a lump of coal from underneath your left foot then you will have good luck that year.

15.Indigenous tribes from the Andes believed that left handed people possessed spiritual powers, such as magic and healing.

Well that’s it folks.  Apparently for the most part we’re all evil, devil worshipping witches with the ability to curse someone just by looking at them funny.  Hope you’re not too superstitious! ;)

If you have any interesting left handed superstitions, myths or tales of folkore, leave a comment below!  Also be sure to check out our article 25 Amazing Facts About Left Handed People!

21 Comments »

  1. Scott September 5, 2011 at 6:59 am - Reply

    I like the idea of 15. Thats about it.

  2. Kelly Jean September 15, 2011 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Yor…. i LMAO for the evil devil worshipping part! being left handed is unique, and funny enough, im the only one in my family that i know of, that is left handed and im PROUD to say im a “lefty”. although, certain tools and “things” dont function as well when used with the left hand LOL. IE like a potato peeler??? i end up using a knife. however i have trained my brain to use certain things with my right hand. LIke Playing Pool, using a scissors, and blow drying my hair…. however i have the habbit of having to turn the hairdryer nozle in a very funny angle for i start to dry my hair. lol and used to always be scolded by older sisters because the nozle somehow just didnt blow the air out right for the “right-handed folks ” in the house.
    Being left handed , right handed, any handed doesnt matter, i dont see the big fuss, im just gratefull i have both hands!

    • Rupali Chapekar October 15, 2011 at 2:56 pm - Reply

      I am also lefty and proud of it a lot.

  3. Eva December 27, 2011 at 1:09 pm - Reply

    I’m a lefty too, and proud of it. However my ability to use my left hand more than right has not turned out well. Half my life I use right hand more. I use scissors, knives, and now I’m training my right hand to write with as well as my left! Just like the creator of the company Nintendo, I want to be ambidextrous!
    (able to use both hands to write)

  4. tim welch December 28, 2011 at 8:08 pm - Reply

    from what i have heard about left handed people one thing seems to hold “true” they say people who are right handed use the left side of their brain,and people who are left handed use the right side of their brain,so that means only left handed people are in there right mind.

  5. kelly Brown August 15, 2012 at 8:40 am - Reply

    I am a lefty too and people always tend to humiliate when it comes to eating with my left hand they assumes its being associated with dirty things but these days am used to it and am a very proud guy to be among the few.

  6. Lily November 29, 2012 at 2:27 pm - Reply

    I’m proud I’m left-handed that what I was born..

  7. Yolks January 12, 2013 at 2:39 am - Reply

    Wait i am lefty but i dont think im evil i dont worship the devil i worship god, so there are also non evil lefty

  8. anchita January 17, 2013 at 12:07 pm - Reply

    I am lefty too.. Proud to b n finf myself unique i can write with both of my hands … I suppose right handed hardly do dat..!!

  9. Li-Aan February 1, 2013 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    well here is my story i was (ambidextrous) left and right handed when i was on primary school,i passed grade one but the teacher called in my mom and told her i was writting with my left hand started at the left hand margin then when im at the end an have to go on to the next line i would then just wright backwards with my right hand so i was writting back to front,they then decided to keep me another full year to prevent future problems i even use to read back to front so weird,then the teacher told me to only use my left hand to keep me from starting at the left margin in my book which i did today i cannot wright with my right hand but can do other duties with it i can only wright with my left hand but i do most of the things with my left hand so hoooooRAY!!! guess that makes me a full blown lefty now and im PROUD OF IT! my right handed friends think i keep a broom strange when i sweep i dont know maybe it just look strange to them :-) im the only lefty in the family at work its me and two other collegues of mine i just think its cool :-) i would have love to still beable to be left and right thou think i finish things quiker in a shorter period of time

  10. paul March 8, 2013 at 2:33 pm - Reply

    Hahahahahhaha I’m just glad I’m not left handed. Wow

  11. Chakra March 11, 2013 at 1:04 am - Reply

    Apparently, if your left handed your supposed to suck at math. Not sure if its true or not but i heard it somewhere.

    P.S I’m a lefty who sucks at Math. >.<

  12. Jim March 12, 2013 at 3:30 am - Reply

    That’s bs, math is easy enough, lefties just tend to be particularly intelligent, or spectacularly unintelligent.
    The whole devil thing is most likely because lefties are smart enough to be atheist – whereas righties just follow the herd in fear, and blame their imaginary friend when things go wrong.

  13. COLD APHRODITE LT HANDER March 16, 2013 at 5:07 am - Reply

    I HAVE TO AGREE,IM A LEFTIE IN GUESS WHAT I SUCKS AT MATH,AN HATE TESTING SO WHERE DOES THE SMART PART COME IN AT,,,

  14. Devin May 6, 2013 at 6:28 pm - Reply

    Aside from certain sports and the world of politics, left-handedness seems to have little to no advantage in the world. I am left-handed, but consider myself to be a rather logical and organized person. This isn’t to say that I don’t have creativity, but judging from the previous posts, I am able to spell and articulate my speech to a higher degree than many other left-handers. Perhaps there are those left-handers out there who are naturally left-handed, and those others who are brain-damaged. I will say this though, I do not blindly follow anything. This can range from a social trend, to religion. I believe this is where my creativity stems from, but otherwise I believe myself to be left-brain dominant. However, my motor coordination is definitely right-brain dominant since I am left-handed. Strange and complex it is!

  15. Jimmy May 8, 2013 at 11:56 pm - Reply

    I think lefties are unique..dey ar beta than most right handed people,actually dey ar beta than all of them…Thank God am left handed!

  16. Jim December 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm - Reply

    Lets see; in 1992 the country did not have a choice for president, that is, all three candidates Ross Perot, George Bush, and Bill Clinton were all left handed. As we know Barac Obama is also left handed. I am left handed and a free thinker who thinks superstition/religion is always looking for a scape goat. You could be burned at the stake fror being left handed (Joan of Ark)

  17. Dan February 15, 2014 at 6:23 pm - Reply

    The word “sinister” comes from the Latin “sinus,” meaning “pocket.” The evil connotation of “sinister” didn’t come along until the Middle Ages. Both Greek and roman culture held lefties in high regard.

  18. S Wolf March 31, 2014 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Hey! How is number 1 negative? Women are as awesome (or un-awesome) as men!

  19. Ash Tray April 10, 2014 at 2:23 am - Reply

    Lefties ROCK!!!

  20. paige May 21, 2014 at 4:04 pm - Reply

    am a lefty and am so proud of it.
    we rock

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