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HORSE SHOES....which way up do they go in Poland ...?

wildrover 98 | 4,436  
20 Sep 2009 /  #1
It seems that in Poland they have the same tradition as the UK , that of hanging up a horse shoe on the door as a good luck charm...problem is....seems to be some controversy over which way up it goes in Polska...?

In the UK we hang our horse shoes up so that it looks like a letter U , in other words , with the open end upwards , but after seeing my shoe this way up a Polish girl friend told me that this way up would allow the good luck to float up to i turned it the other way up , only to be told by another friend that it now looked like a frowning mouth , it should be the other way up , like a smiling mouth......SO.... which way up does my horse shoe go in Poland.....i could of course do it the English way , but its Polish good luck i need as i am living in Poland......?????
plk123 8 | 4,138  
20 Sep 2009 /  #2
iirc. the open end down.
Wroclaw 44 | 5,369  
20 Sep 2009 /  #3
i have a horseshoe from long ago and insist it should be U

however, i also have a miniture one (it's Polish) with my name on it, which can only be read when upside down n

the u holds the luck as i've always understood in little old england.
plk123 8 | 4,138  
20 Sep 2009 /  #4
the u holds the luck as i've always understood in little old england.

yes, same in the usa but i'm pretty sure that's opposite in PL.
SeanBM 35 | 5,793  
20 Sep 2009 /  #5
In Ireland we have it this way U.

Traditions do differ on this point, though. In some cultures, the horseshoe is hung points down (so the luck pours onto you); in others, it is hung points up (so the luck doesn't fall out);

But I have only ever seen it this way n in Poland..... so I don't know.
OP wildrover 98 | 4,436  
20 Sep 2009 /  #6
So far the majority seem to go for the open end downwards for Poland...opposite to that which we favour in the UK.....
plk123 8 | 4,138  
20 Sep 2009 /  #7
you should have made this a poll.
20 Sep 2009 /  #8
I googled !!!

And this is a really interesting web page to read.

It does say this in the link......

"In regions where the horseshoe is placed facing upward, folks believe the horseshoe must point up "or the luck runs out." In places where it is hung facing downward they say exactly the opposite -- "it must point down so the luck can pour onto you." However, in its function as an amulet for magical protection, especially over the doorways of barns and stables, the horseshoe usually points downward and it is said that "no witch will pass under it." The "Good Luck" horseshoe image i use on my web pages came from a 1940s American printer's stock cut book, probably drawn and engraved by a German-American, hence the horseshoe points downward."

There's lots more about all that in the article.....

Lodz_The_Boat 32 | 1,535  
20 Sep 2009 /  #9
Just dont use it ... hard work gets good luck better than a battered horse shoe! :D
plk123 8 | 4,138  
20 Sep 2009 /  #10
gugling podkowa pictures yields pictures in both directions.. hmm
pgtx 29 | 3,145  
20 Sep 2009 /  #12
the U holds the luck

exactly... :)
szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
20 Sep 2009 /  #15
I have a horseshoe over an arch in the garden.

Its a U to catch the luck.
plk123 8 | 4,138  
20 Sep 2009 /  #16
yes, the horseshoe in that position catches all the luck but you just don't get any of it as it's retained there.. when upside down, all the luck falls on you.
szkotja2007 27 | 1,498  
21 Sep 2009 /  #17
I will put my lottery ticket under it when I turn it round !

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