Beliefs

In many cultures, salt has been extensively used for improvement of luck, well being, cleansing, purifying and clearing of negativity while creating good and positive energy.

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In Chinese and India cultures, a traditional method of using salt to cleanse the house is to mix 5-6 tablespoons of the mineral in a bucket of water and mop the floors once a week to get rid of bad luck and negativity.

Another way is to fill up small bowls with salt and place them in front of the main door at both sides and also in every corner of the house facing northeast and southwest. This bowls of salt must be placed in an open space exposed to air therefore not be kept in cupboards or cabinets. This salt should be replaced every 01 month.

Salt can also be sprinkled onto the soil of plants and around the perimeter of the house to prevent negative energy from entering.

“Salt is insanely magic. Nearly every single culture considers it protective. Voodoo, Pagan, Hindu…Various cultures has it that you can put a line of salt across your threshold to keep those would wish you ill out, put in a circle around you to do a spell ‘in private’ and sprinkle it in all corners of your house/a room.”

“Sprinkling salt near someones front door is supposed to protect them in modern Wicca. Evil cannot cross a salt line.”

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It is believed that having a few grams of salt inside your wallet attracts wealth luck. The best is to place the salt inside a plastic bag, then put it in a secret compartment inside your wallet. You have to change the salt each month, otherwise it loses its potency. There are some who say the use of salt can also be extended to the house. Make your house attract wealth luck by having salt (placed inside a small plastic container) in all the corners of your house i.e. wherever two walls meet. Change the salt every ten days. You can also hang a bag of salt on the center of the main door, changing it once a month. This is said to attract wealth luck as salt attracts water.

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Salt is considered good luck by many cultures in the world. In order to get rid of many forms of bad luck you can take a pinch of salt and throw it over your LEFT shoulder (throwing salt over your right shoulder will bring you more bad luck).

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Cleanse your body of bad luck by bathing in salt water.

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Sprinkle salt in the corner of each room and underneath each windowsill. This will protect your home from bad luck.

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In Germany, you should take bread and salt when you visit someone who is a new resident, as these two things are never missing in a home.

Traditions

Salt Culture in Japan

“Mori Shio” or little salt mounds (salt-flowers) at the entrances to commercial establishments, like restaurants, stores, theatres, etc signifies two things. They first act as a purifying agent that prevents evil or misfortune from entering the particular establishment, but they also act to invite good business and patrons.

In Japan, left outside of houses in little pile of “mori shio” (piled up salt) generally to the right of the door or both side of the door so that people who pass through the door are purified.

Mori-shio piles outside restaurants was to encourage the arrival of rich and noble customers such as a “daimyo,” who would come on horseback since horse love salt.

Maki-shio (scattered salt) will be scattered around the boundary of a house on the first day of the month so that impurities do not enter the house.

Mori-shio may be put at the four corners of a plot of a land to purify that area, especially when one moves in.

At a Japanese funeral ceremony, two small mounds of salt (known as the shio-hana, salt-flowers) will be found on either side of the entrance of the house. Once the coffin is gone, the house will be purified of any spirits by scattering salt over the floors. Those who attend the funeral will usually sprinkle salt-water over the coffin at the graveside, and will themselves be sprinkled with salt before returning to their own homes- this is believed to be cleansing.

Salt will be scattered on the ground in the pacifying the spirits of the land ceremony held on the empty plot before buildings are erected.

Salt is also scattered in quantity by sumo wrestlers before each bought to purify themselves and the sumo ring ( “dohyou”) which is considered to be a sacred place.

It is also claimed that sumo wrestlers scatter the salt also because it helps to kill germs that might otherwise infect cuts and that 45 kilos are scattered every day at the national sumo tournaments. The crowd seems to like it when a wrestler scatters a lot of salt since such action is often met with a cheer.

Salt is also an offering made to the spirits (kami) on the household altar in a little dish (again
in a little conical pile) and at shrines again in piles, sometimes enormous conical piles

The room where the mother gives birth is purified with salt (and water) and the mother may also purify herself with salt or a salt-water bath after the delivery.

At weddings, salt may be used at the wedding ceremony itself as a purifying agent as well as provide the couple the “force of life”.