Open an umbrella and misfortune will "rain"
Several theories explain this popular superstition: Since an umbrella offered protection from the highly revered sun, ancients considered it an insult to the sun god to open one indoors. Another explanation, based on belief that even inanimate objects have spirits, holds that improperly using an umbrella would offend its spirit and thus bring ill fortune. The good news is that this old wives' tale, like all of the others, is probably untrue. But just in case, next time you open an umbrella indoors, keep your fingers crossed!
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