26. Walking Backwards
Superstition or not, walking backwards isn’t a sane thing to do, especially if you are walking on a busy street. Unless you want to get slashed by oncoming traffic or stampeded by the pedestrians, walking backwards is a real bummer.
Besides all the sensible reasons to not walk backwards, there is a strong belief in Portugal that walking backwards is an open invitation to “Mr Scratch”.
The Portuguese people believe that walking backwards reveals your location to the devil and also the location of where you are headed. This will intrigue the devil to cause you harm and put you in grief.
Think about it; why would you walk backwards when walking forward is way more convenient (and safe!)?