A bird hitting a windshield is an extension of the superstition that a bird flying into a home is an omen of death. The superstition surrounding birds hitting car windshields is likely a recent evolution of this superstition because cars have only been common since the last half of the 20th century.Continue Reading
In folklore, birds are often otherworldly creatures that can cross between two worlds. This belief likely developed from the simple fact that birds fly, which makes them creatures of the heavens and leads people to believe that they have a direct connection to the culture's God or gods. This is also likely why several gods have been depicted as birds. The Egyptian gods Horace and Isis were both depicted as birds. The Norse god Odin is also depicted as a bird.
Superstitions like this one are ways of explaining odd or strange events that began during times when science was unable to explain them. Advancement in scientific knowledge, however, reveals that the likely reason birds crash into car windows is because they catch a glimpse of a reflection and assume it is another bird. It is, therefore, more likely that a bird attack on the window is a bird's way of making another bird leave its territory than a signifier of impending death.Learn more about Superstition
According to Corsinet.com, a superstition exists that presages death when a bird, living or dead, is found in a dwelling. Nature Center Magazine supports the claim in the article, "Eerie Bird Superstitions," stating that a bird flying into the house means a change is on the way, whether it is death or a change of residence.Full Answer >
A superstition holds that a bird flying into a house means a death is likely to happen soon. Some people believe this superstition only applies to birds that have black coloring although robins, sparrows and red birds are mentioned in other cultures.Full Answer >
Rain on one's wedding day is viewed by many cultures as a positive omen, portending fertility, renewal, cleansing and unity. Some, however, view a rainy wedding day as having a negative connotation, symbolizing that the bride is likely to shed many tears during her married life.Full Answer >
Good luck charms may fall in the area of superstition, but many people believe good fortune might come their way if they possess one. Most objects that are considered lucky have earned this association from their place in historical events. For example, one theory about why horseshoes are considered lucky revolves around the idea that witches ride brooms because a horse would refuse to carry them; hence, a horseshoe above the door kept the witches out.Full Answer >