Learn the origin of some of the most common superstitions:
If you walk under a ladder - it brings bad luck
This superstition dates back to 5000 years ago. Ladders form a triangle, and the Egyptians considered this shape sacred.
For them the triangle represented the trinity of the Gods, and by walking under the ladder, people would show disrespect.
Broken mirror brings seven years of bad luck
In ancient Greece, it was normal for people to consult with so-called ‘mirror tellers’ who read their fate by analyzing the reflection in the mirror.
They would put the mirror in water, and a sick person should look at it. Had their reflection changed, they would be threatened by death.
However, the Romans added one more thing to this interpretation. At that time, human health was believed to change in cycles of 7 years. A changed reflection in a broken mirror meant seven years of bad luck and poor health - instead of death.
Knocking on wood to avoid disappointment
Some historians believe that this superstition is linked to the ancient ritual of touching crucifix before taking an oath, while others believe that it was introduced by ignorant people in Europe who knocked on wood to chase away evil spirits.
A black cat crossing the road brings bad luck/good luck
Many cultures agree that black cats are powerful predictors of things, but do they bring good luck or bad luck?
Ancient Egyptians adored cats of all colors and believed that a black cat crossing our way brings good luck.
However, during the Middle Ages, in Europe, it was believed that the opposite is true. People believed that black cats were associated with witches, and even that they are witches themselves. If it crossed your path at that time, it would be the sign that the devil was watching you.
It is considered good luck when a bird poops on someone / or when you step into poop
In the world of symbols, feces symbolizes money. If a bird poops your shoulder or you step into it- you will have a sudden profit.