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Horseshoe is a symbol of good luck and protection all over the world. The legend is believed to date back to the middle ages when witches and evil forces were supposed to be repelled by horseshoes. This is unclear, but it could be because the iron of horseshoes was not affected by the fire.
When they died, women accused of being witches were also nailed into coffins with horseshoes nailed outside. When the coffin was buried, the idea was that the horseshoes would stop the witch from getting out of the coffin should she come back to life.
Stories from the middle ages also attribute superstitious blacksmiths to horseshoes to fend off evil and stop nightmares. This is due to a fable that the devil asked a blacksmith to fit his hooves with horseshoes.
Facing terrible pain, the devil then asked for them to be removed. The blacksmith agreed, but only on the understanding that the devil would not enter anywhere; there was a horseshoe on display. Horseshoes are also symbolically linked to the moon. This theory is recorded back to the ancient Romans when they were believed to cure hiccups. The ancient Chaldean and Egyptian cultures were similarly obsessed with the moon, and the horseshoe’s crescent shape added to its intrigue because of its similarity.