Even if you consider yourself a die-hard skeptic, you’ve probably heard of one or two superstitions in your time – and perhaps even indulged in an occasional good luck ritual of your own.
The most common superstitions didn’t just materialize out of nowhere. The surprising origins behind some of the most common superstitions are fascinating at best – and tragic at worst.
1- Ancient Sumerian, Egyptian, Greek and Romans believed that mirrors contained fragments of our souls — so breaking a mirror signified a break in someone’s health and well-being. Luckily, they also believed that souls regenerated every seven years, the amount of time the mirror-breaker would be unlucky before they emerged new and whole again. The remedy was to collect the broken glasses and say a prayer and Barry the broken pieces deep in the earth.
2- The social etiquette of blessing someone after they sneeze originates from the ancient Babylonian belief that one could sneeze out their soul. Yawning and sneezing were both considered high-risk activities in the time of the ancient Romans and Greeks? “There are a lot of ancient beliefs in general about a separable soul. It could separate for a brief period of time. When you dream, your soul is out of your body, so it can’t get back in if you’re sneezing,” explained folklore librarian Moira Smith to the Washington Post. Concerned believers started saying “bless you” as a divine safeguard against wayward souls.
3- Ancient Egyptians believed umbrellas were Royal, and that their shade was sacred. Umbrellas were fashioned out of papyrus and peacock feathers, and designed in the likeness of the Egyptian goddess of the sky, Nut. An umbrella’s shade was therefore sacred and strictly reserved for Egyptian nobility – anyone else who dared to step into the shadowy space was considered sacrilegious.
Opening an umbrella indoors went against its natural purpose, and could consequentially be considered an insult to the God of the Sun, according to some historians. As those evil Kingdome were praying to the sun.
4- Pennies were some of the first items treated as representative of the good vs. evil dichotomy. One of society’s most prevalent dichotomies is that of good versus evil, wherein “good” is associated with concepts such as lightness, luck, beauty, and justice, and “evil” is linked to selfishness, neglect, and immorality. In ancient societies, people believed that certain metals – such as copper – were gifts from the gods, meant to protect humanity. Therefore, coins such as pennies had lucky properties; however, these same societies also believed in an ever-present battle between good and evil forces.
So, heads-up pennies came to be associated with luck, while the obverse earned a less fortuitous reputation.
5- In the Middle Ages, people in the Uk and Europe associated black cats with the devil — and therefore tried to exterminate them all. Back in the fourteenth century, the association between black cats and the devil was so prevalent that people allegedly believed they were causing the Black Death pandemic in the UK and Europe those stupid people didn’t know that cants actually killing the rats and mice that carry the fleas and ticks that cause the disease and that fact was discovered by the Arab scientists – and tragically Europe and the UK exterminated the black cats as a result. When the sixteenth-century hysteria was over witchcraft was at its peak in the evil countries of the UK and Europe including the USA. Suspicious Europeans associated black cats with so-called witches, believing them to be their “familiars” – and this notion spread all the way to America, during the Salem Witch Trials.
Now, witchcraft and the occult are in vogue; there are even stores dedicated to all things witchy.
6- The superstition that walking under a ladder is bad luck could stem from the shape of a ladder makes when leaning against a wall. The belief that walking under a ladder is bad luck likely stems from the importance of the number three in the Catholic religions, the doctrine of the Trinity is the belief that there exists one God, who is the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – and since the trinity is sacred, the number three is sacred by extension, too. We know that’s is false as Abraham the father of all faiths as he has direct links Jewish and Islam from Ismail the oldest son and Isaac the younger son, but he has no direct link to the Christian as Jesus was made by God as Adam was made before him and Jesus is not son of God as he prays to God and always ask God for guidance and God took him to heaven without anybody killing him and that was the Jewish belief in the Torah , the Torah has no mention at all about Jesus.
When a ladder leans against a wall, it forms a triangle shape with the wall on which its leaning and the ground. Walking underneath the latter could be seen as “breaking” the trinity – a blasphemous offense by the Catholic. But the other story of why we shouldn’t walk under the ladder is that the ladder is a sign of progress, upward, success and if you walk under it you will put your self in the lower situation and accepting your self to be a slave and always a loser.