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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Saturday Peacock Superstition

Saturday Peacock Superstition

Peacock feathers are beautiful, so why shouldn’t they be placed onstage? This superstition goes back many years – as far back as the ancient Greeks. But why would this be true?

A peacock feather has a pattern that resembles an eye, and some say an evil eye.
Therefore, it brings bad luck. Another tie to history comes from the early Europeans. They feared peacock feathers because the Mongols, who invaded parts of Europe, used to wear peacock feathers. So, there again, bad luck is associated with any peacock feathers being used onstage.

Finally there are those who believe it is bad luck to have any extra “eyes” on a performer, especially “eyes” that might bring misfortune.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Superstition #107:
“Never place a peacock feather onstage.”

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