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Jahanshahi Afshar A, Shamsodini Motlagh M H. The superstition Origins and Its Function in People's Life (The Studied Sample: Kerman People's beliefs). CFL 2014; 2 (3) :49-78
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The attitude or behavior, which is not based on logical actions- and cause and effect relations, has irrational origins;  it happens due to a person's fear, threat, habits, and the unknown factors which he she believes to prevent the unbecoming events, called “superstition”. An increase in the literacy level and the popular culture in the society leads to a decrease in superstitious beliefs. It must be acknowledged that even modern people cannot reject superstitions, or get rid of them actually. This study has examined the causes of these prevalent beliefs and the way people apply them, via content analysis. Although the prevalence of superstition origins is established on irrational bases, people have applied them to gain benefit by impelling and propagating the folklore, preventing harm by inhibition, alleviation, turning the evil (scapegoat), and empathy.
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Article Type: Research Paper | Subject: Folklore|Ethnography
Received: 2014/02/22 | Accepted: 2014/07/9 | Published: 2014/08/23

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