Some years ago, I was doing research for a book and come across a very old Taboo. Whistling. I do believe something like a calamity or catastrophic event gave rise to many of the superstitions.
According to the dictionary superstition is any belief or practice based upon one’s trust in luck or other irrational, unscientific, or supernatural forces. Often, it arises from ignorance, a misunderstanding of science or causality, a belief in fate or magic, or fear of that which is unknown. One superstition I found to be universal is whistling.
In many cultures, whistling or making whistling noises at night attracts bad luck, bad things, or evil spirits. In the UK there is a superstitious belief in the “Seven Whistlers” which are seven mysterious birds or spirits who call out to foretell death or a great calamity.
I’m not going to even asked…how would anyone know if there are seven of them out there or just one making several different sounds? However, I do believe something happened to give rise to these stories.
Assyrians believed that Whistling at night calls or summoned demons. That only demons whistled at night. I found this belief to be quite common. How did it travel so many places with limited modes of transportation? I don’t know. So, perhaps there was once something evil roaming around whistling in the night.