Europe, Africa, China, North and South America cultures believed that carrying a rabbit’s foot brings good luck. This belief has most likely been around since 600BC and originated in Europe.
The Celtic peoples of Europe have held this belief in carrying around a rabbit’s foot. However, this is not just any old rabbit foot. The rabbit must have been killed under a specific set of circumstances. For instance- Killed in a specific place or killed by a person that possesses certain attributes. Following specific rituals is a must in the belief process in order for the good luck to be achieved.
“In Europe, the tradition of carrying the foot of a rabbit probably stems from ancient totemic beliefs that humans descended from animals and particular tribes had their origins in specific species. A tribe worshiped its animal ancestor and carried parts of that animal as protective totems.” – TodayIfoundout.com