Why is Breaking a Wishbone Considered Good Luck and Where Did the Superstition Come From?

Twenty-four hundred years ago, because roosters heralded the sunrise and hens squawked before laying an egg, the Etruscans thought they were soothsayers.

Because the sacred fowl’s collarbone resembled a human groin, it was believed to have special powers and was called a wishbone.

The Romans introduced the custom of two people pulling on the wishbone to see whom luck favored.

The winner was said to have gotten “a lucky break.”

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1 thought on “Why is Breaking a Wishbone Considered Good Luck and Where Did the Superstition Come From?”

  1. where and why was the wishbone used to determine what the weather was going to be like, and why was it a good luck charm ?

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