Superstitions grow out of our need to take charge of situations. That knocking on wood is us taking action to prevent harm from reaching us somehow. Among politicians they found that 24% of Democrats are, 17% of Independents are and 15% of Republicans are superstitious. Knocking on wood goes back to Pagan times. The history of Paganism began in about 10,000 BC, during the Paleolithic Age. It was a time when primitive people were nomadic and had to hunt for food.
The fear of black cats goes back to the Middle Ages when folks associated them with witches and even believed that they were witches in disguise. The idea that breaking a mirror brings seven years bad luck is a reflection if you will of an old belief that our souls dwell in mirrors. If we break a mirror, it damages our souls. Pretty heavy stuff. It makes you afraid to do anything or even move.
Would they ever sell something so powerful in a toy department to everyone? The game was sold to Parker Brothers in 1966 marketed as the Mysterious Mystifying Game. It is owned by Hasbro today. It was marketed as a toy and not as a medium for contacting spirits. They have sold tens of millions of them .The Ouija box might pose the biggest question. They print on the box ”It’s only a game---- isn’t it?