2014.11.30 【英译中】 25个世界上最流行的迷信(五)【14句】

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12 Fingers crossed for good luck 十指交叉祈祷好运
To cross one’s fingers is a hand gesture commonly used for good luck. Which makes sense since it was used during ancient Christian persecution by believers to identify other believers as a sign of peace. Today however, this has evolved to excuse the telling of a white lies which may have its roots in the belief that the power of the Christian cross may save a person from being sent to hell for telling a lie.
交叉十指是一种手势,通常是用来(祈祷)好运。这是有道理的, 因为它曾在古代基督教迫害信徒时,其他信徒作为和平的象征。然而如今,它已演变为一种说善意谎言的借口,它可能植根于基督教十字架的力量,这一力量可以拯救因说谎而堕落地狱的人。
11 Photographic soul cage 摄影灵魂之笼
When photography was first invented in the early 19th century, people all over the world held the unfounded belief that taking someone’s picture was akin to taking his soul. Thus if an enemy was able to obtain a photograph of you, he not only held your soul but also held a spiritual power over you. Thank goodness this is just a superstition, I can only imagine how many people would have power over me…(IE. Facebook).
当于19世纪初首次发明照相技术,全世界的人持有毫无根据的信念,照某人的照片类似于窃取他的灵魂。因此,如果敌人可以获取你的照片,那么他不但抓住了你的灵魂也可以对你施加精神力量。谢天谢地,这只是迷信。否则,我可以想象有多少人拥有了办你的权利
10 Unlucky number 13 不幸数字13

Not to be confused with Friday the 13th (which is a superstition of the actual day) but similar in nature, this superstition simply states that the number 13 is associated with bad luck. That's why many architects refused (some still do) to design stairs that ended with 13 steps or buildings that ended with a 13th floor. The fear of the number 13 is so real to many people, that an actual phobia has been created to describe it; its called Triskaidekaphobia. (try to say that 13 times fast).

不要与黑色星期五混淆(黑色星期五是具体的一天一种迷信),但是本质上是相似的,这一迷信简单的表明数字13与厄运相连。这就是为什么许多建筑师拒绝设计有13阶梯的楼梯或者13层的建筑物(一些仍这样做)。对数字13的恐惧对许多人来说如此真实,以至于创造了一个实际的恐惧症来描述它;它叫做"Triskaidekaphobia." (尽量快速的说13次)

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