Pirates are fearless sea robbers. It would seem that they were not afraid of anyone or anything. Meanwhile, pirates were very superstitious people, because their lives often depended on a favorable set of circumstances. Therefore, there were a huge number of signs that they believed in.
Nothing could force the pirates to go to sea on Thursday or Friday. And the most auspicious day to hit the road was considered Sunday. At Easter, it was always supposed to be on dry land. There was a legend about the pirate Reed, who went in search of prey on Easter, no one else ever saw him.
After the ship departed from the pier, it was impossible to look back at the shore - this promised failure.
There should be no women on board, the violators were immediately executed. At the same time, pirates most often called their ships by female names, and on the bow of the ship there was a statue of a naked woman. It was believed that she could calm the raging sea.
A gold earring in the ear is an indispensable attribute of a seasoned sea tramp. Why did they wear it at all? There are a huge number of versions about this. For example, this was evidence that the sailor passed Cape Horn. Others claimed that gold improves vision. There was also such an assumption - the earring was the payment for the pirate's funeral. If, after a shipwreck, the body of the navigator was carried ashore, the one who discovered it must bury the poor fellow according to Christian tradition, and for his labors take a gold earring.
The legendary "black mark" was awarded to a person whom the pirate brotherhood brought very serious accusations against. This meant that the offender was in danger of death. True, many researchers of the history of piracy believe that this is a fiction of the writer Stevenson. But this does not mean that such a tradition did not exist. The accused was simply given a playing card - the ace of spades.
Under no circumstances could the word "drowned man" be uttered at sea. This meant - to call trouble. However, one could get rid of the negative impact of the spoken word. But, for this it was required to bleed. Therefore, the guilty one simply broke the nose.
It was impossible to put the shoes upside down: it was believed that the ship would suffer the same fate - it would turn over.
And the pirates were terrified of cormorants. If this bird sits on the deck of the ship and flaps its wings, it means that someone from the crew will die in the near future. And if there is a whole flock of birds on the ship, then the whole crew will be in misfortune.
Many pirates carried a piece of cold steel with them: a knife or a dagger. This amulet was supposed to protect against stab wounds. They did not part with the mascot, not only at sea, but also on the shore, because fights in port pubs were common for sea tramps.
And, finally, one of the strangest pirate superstitions. They never brought bananas on board. It was believed that it was with such a load that ships most often sank. Coincidence? Perhaps, but no one wanted to risk it.