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Caterpillar

Although it may seem a rather odd custom, according to Yorkshire (UK) folklore the custom of throwing a caterpillar over the left shoulder was traditionally thought to bring good fortune. The only proviso was that it must be hairy - the caterpillar that is!  Perhaps this is because caterpillars grow into butterflies which are known to represent the souls of the dead, and therefore caterpillars too embody the power of true faith. If thrown over the left shoulder they are being thrown into the face of the Devil or towards Old Nick who in this instance is powerless to affect them knowing that they are protected by God himself and can come to no harm.