Superstition: "And Jim said you mustn't count the things you are going to cook for dinner, because that would bring bad luck. The same if you shook the table-cloth after sundown. And he said if a man owned a bee-hive, and that man died, the bees must be told about it before sun-up the next morning, or else the bees would all weaken down and quit work and die." (Chapter 8).
Analysis: The system of superstitions and rituals is quite extensive.
Superstition: "'You said it was the worst bad luck in the world to touch a snakeskin in my hands.'" (Chapter 10).
Superstition: "And he said that handling a snake-skin was such awful bad luck that maybe we hadn't got to the end of it yet. he said he druther see the new moon over his left shoulder as much as a thousand times than take up a snake-skin in his hand." (Chapter 10).
Superstition: "Anybody that fon't believe yet, that it's foolishness to handle a snake-skin, after all that that snake-skin done for us, will believe it now, if they read on and see what more it done for us." (Chapter 16)
Analysis: Handling a dead snake-skin is the mother of all superstitions and ostensibly leads Jim and Huck into all sorts of bad luck adventures.