Ever wonder why rabbits feet are considered lucky? The answer just might surprise you.
Just like the origin or nursery rhymes and certain cartoons, the story behind lucky rabbits feet is morbid as fuck. According to tradition, around the year 600 B.C. The Celts were among the first to associate rabbits (the whole rabbit by the way, not just it’s foot) with good luck. Since rabbits live underground, it was believed that they had the ability to communicate with the spirits of the underworld. It was also believed that rabbits were born with their eyes open, giving them some sort of weird insight as to previous lives? Or something like that. (theyre not born with eyes open btw).
So back to the dismembered limb thing. The severed rabbit foot being associated with luck is perhaps rooted in European and Celtic culture, but another common North American legend actually links the rabbit’s foot folklore to the African-American folk spirituality known as hoodoo, where it is believed that rabbit’s feet are lucky because of the reproductive habits of rabbits (i.e. ‘fucking like rabbits’), so carrying a rabbit’s foot was thought to help with fertility.
As per tradition however, there are a few stipulations that must be met in order for the foot to be considered ‘lucky’:
- It has to be the left hind foot.
- The rabbit needs to have been captured or killed in a cemetery.
- The rabbit’s foot needs to be cut off on a specific day—usually a Friday, but with variations such as the weather, date, etc.