Superstition and Cultural Diversity-Case Study: Isfahan Province, Iran

Type Journal Article - Mediterranean Journal of Social Sciences
Title Superstition and Cultural Diversity-Case Study: Isfahan Province, Iran
Volume 4
Issue 4
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2013
Page numbers 73-82
Studying different cultures clarifies that general values and attitudes are closely related to the other aspects of individuals’ life.
Economical conditions, historical experiments, geographical environment, etc are among the factors forming individuals’
beliefs, and consequently any alteration in any of these factors changes the individuals’ beliefs accordingly. Superstition is an
ingredient of the public beliefs detectable in almost all cultures; though its definition has been exposed to alterations through
the time. The current study aims at collecting and categorizing different superstitions in Isfahan province, Iran. All 15 years old
and above are considered as the population for the current study. The total sample size consists of 6192 individuals, selected
based on three variables of age, sex, and residential area. The current study enjoys the conventional approach, with survey to
study and recognize the superstitions. Open questions are asked in face-to-face interviews. Every individual is asked to
answer the questions after contemplating about his/ her superstitious beliefs and those of his/ her parents and residential subprovince
as well. The results indicate that all superstitions are in accordance with economical conditions, and value alterations
in Iranians beliefs

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