The term superstitio, or superstitio vana (vain superstition) was applied by Tacitus and Domitian (80 AD) to those religious cults (druids, early Christianity) in the Roman Empire that were officially outlawed.
Throughout history, Italian culture has been rich with superstitions for good or evil that continue to form the basis of many of the Italian Life Rules.
If you do, you will never be swept off your feet and get married.
Likewise, never sweep over the feet of an unmarried person, or they will never marry. Traditionally, when the sick were on their deathbeds a priest would come to receive their final confessions.
The horns of an African eland most resemble the original amulets.
Related to the Corno is the hand gesture (extending only the pinkie and index finger like a pair of horns) known as the mano cornuta, which can be used (pointing upwards or directly at the victim ( The number 13 is lucky in Italy, especially when gambling.
The number 13 is also associated with the Goddess of Fertility and the lunar cycles.
It is thought the number brings prosperity and abundant life.
Although 13 is considered lucky, sitting down to a table with 12 others is an ill omen.
At the Last Supper Jesus ate with his 12 disciples before one of them, Judas Iscariot, betrayed him.