In the online book Good Questions, Good Answers there is the question
Why do people do all kinds of strange things in Buddhist temples
In the answer it says
It's true that some of the things Buddhists do have their origin in popular superstition
There are no examples to illustrate this statement though in the text. So can anyone give one or two examples of Buddhist traditions (from any school) that owe more to cultural or popular superstitions than the teachings of the Buddha.
Note - this is in no way meant to denigrate any particular school of Buddhism. I'm sure that the practices of many (all?) religions take something from local culture. I just would like some examples to illustrate this particular quote from this text.