Left-Handed Myths and Misunderstandings
It is NOT a myth that left-handers have trouble with all sorts
of everyday articles and tools. Have a look at our range of fully left-handed
items to see how we can help solve the problems.
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Left-handers do tend to do badly whenever there is any talk of
superstition or things that cannot be understood.
Folklore and Superstitions
For thousands of years, the Devil has been associated with the
left hand in various ways and is normally portrayed as being
left-handed in pictures and other images. In the seventeenth
century it was thought that the Devil baptised his followers with
his left-hand and there are many references in superstitions to the "left-hand side" being associated with evil. As an example, in
France it was held that witches greet Satan "avec le bras gauche" or with the left hand. It is also considered that we can only see
ghosts if we look over our left shoulder and that the Devil watches
us over the left shoulder.
Evil spirits lurk over the left shoulder - throw salt over this
shoulder to ward them off. In Roman times, salt was a very valuable
commodity, giving rise to the word "salary" and was considered a
form of money at the time. If salt was spilled, that was considered
very bad luck, that could only be avoided by throwing some of the
spilled salt over your left shoulder to placate the devil.
Joan of Arc (burned at the stake in 1431 for being a heretic
and a witch) was not necessarily left-handed, she may have been
depicted in this way to make her seem evil.
Getting out of bed with the left foot first means that you will
have a bad day and be bad tempered . i.e. getting out of bed the
A ringing in the right ear means that someone is praising you.
In the left ear it means that someone is cursing or maligning
An itchy right palm means that you will receive money. An itchy
left palm means you will have to give money.
Wedding rings worn on the third finger of the left hand
originated with the Greeks and Romans, who wore them to fend of
evil associated with the left-hand
The Romans originally considered the left to be the lucky side
and used for augury. However, they later changed back to the Greek
methods and favoured the right-hand side.
The right hand often symbolises 'male' while the left hand is
If you hear the sound of a cuckoo from the right it will be a
lucky year. If the sound comes from the left it will be
The Meru people of Kenya believed that the left-hand of their
holy man has such evil power that he had to keep it hidden for the
safety of others.
If your right eye twitches you will see a friend, if it's your
left eye that twitches you'll see an enemy.
When dressmaking it's believed to be bad luck to sew the
left-hand sleeve onto a garment before the right sleeve.
When leaving to go on a journey, if your right foot itches
you're bound to have a good journey. If your left foot itches it
will end in sorrow.
It is thought to be bad luck to pass a drink to another person
with your left-hand or anti-clockwise around a table.
Superstitions that are IN FAVOUR of Lefties
Anyone who digs coal out of the ground from under his or her
left foot in the Spring will have very good luck.
If you apply an ointment with the forefinger of the right hand
the sore will not heal. This is because this finger is said to be
the 'poison' finger.
The ancient Zuni tribe considered left-handedness a sign of
good luck. They believed the left was the older and wiser
Passing or pouring wine with the left hand leads to bad
A left-handed toast is tantamount to a curse on the
Driving on the left - started so that horse riders could use
their whips in the right-hand to fend off other road users - see more about this
Christianity is strongly based towards the right hand. It is the
right had that gives the blessing and make the sign of the
On one count, the bible contains over 100 favourable reference to
the right-hand and 25 unfavourable references to the left-hand.
E.g.: The right hand of the lord doeth valiantly, the right hand
of the lord is exalted (Psalm 118 vv15,16)
The left hand does worst in the parable of the sheep and goats. The
sheep are set on Christ's right hand and the goats on the left.
Those on the right inherit the kingdom of god while those on the
let depart into everlasting fire.
The situation is much the same in Judaism and Islam. In Islam, the
left hand and everything associated with it is seen as unclean.
This stems from the Middle Eastern custom of using the left-hand
and water instead of toilet paper.
We have had a report that the majority of parrots are
left-footed - does any one know anything about this or any other
animal left-handed facts? Please Click this link to email Danielle
if you do.
Officials in Mensa, the high IQ society believe as many as 20%
of their members are left-handed.
The first recorded Siamese twins born in 1811 were joined at the
waist. Their names? Chang and Eng, which simply meant 'Left and Right'
The figurehead on the Cutty Sark is a left-handed witch.
Studies have shown that left-handers are more likely to have
allergies than right-handers - aahtishoooo!!
Most left-handers, when drawing figures face them to the