Mystic Sisterhood

Would you like to react to this message? Create an account in a few clicks or log in to continue.
Mystic Sisterhood

Psychic, Paranormal & Natural Science Forums



Next Chat Event

The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions 5nvklj





The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions 9tpt39

..


The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions

Dragon
Dragon
Senior Administrator
Senior Administrator

Posts : 5714
Points : 21090
Times User Thanked: : 536
Join date : 2018-01-18

The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions Empty The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions

Post by Dragon Thu Dec 06, 2018 1:10 am

"It's bad luck to open an umbrella indoors."
"In eighteenth-century London, when metal-spoked waterproof umbrellas began to become a common rainy-day sight, their stiff, clumsy spring mechanism made them veritable hazards to open indoors. A rigidly spoked umbrella, opening suddenly in a small room, could seriously injure an adult or a child, or shatter a frangible object. Even a minor accident could provoke unpleasant words or a minor quarrel, themselves strokes of bad luck in a family or among friends. Thus, the superstition arose as a deterrent to opening an umbrella indoors."

"It's bad luck to walk under a leaning ladder."
This superstition really does originate 5,000 years ago in ancient Egypt. A ladder leaning against a wall forms a triangle, and Egyptians regarded this shape as sacred (as exhibited, for example, by their pyramids). To them, triangles represented the trinity of the gods, and to pass through a triangle was to desecrate them.

This belief wended its way up through the ages. "Centuries later, followers of Jesus Christ usurped the superstition, interpreting it in light of Christ's death," Panati explained. "Because a ladder had rested against the crucifix, it became a symbol of wickedness, betrayal, and death. Walking under a ladder courted misfortune."

In England in the 1600s, criminals were forced to walk under a ladder on their way to the gallows.

"A broken mirror gives you seven years of bad luck."
In ancient Greece, it was common for people to consult "mirror seers," who told their fortunes by analyzing their reflections. As the historian Milton Goldsmith explained in his book "Signs, Omens and Superstitions" (1918), "divination was performed by means of water and a looking glass. This was called catoptromancy. The mirror was dipped into the water and a sick person was asked to look into the glass. If his image appeared distorted, he was likely to die; if clear, he would live."

In the first century A.D., the Romans added a caveat to the superstition. At that time, it was believed that peoples' health changed in seven year cycles . A distorted image resulting from a broken mirror therefore meant seven years of ill-health and misfortune, rather than outright death.

"When you spill salt, toss some over your left shoulder to avoid bad luck."
Spilling salt has been considered unlucky for thousands of years. Around 3,500 B.C., the ancient Sumerians first took to nullifying the bad luck of spilled salt by throwing a pinch of it over their left shoulders. This ritual spread to the Egyptians, the Assyrians and later, the Greeks.

The superstition ultimately reflects how much people prized (and still prize) salt as a seasoning for food. The etymology of the word "salary" shows how highly we value it. According to Panati: "The Roman writer Petronius, in the Satyricon, originated 'not worth his salt' as opprobrium for Roman soldiers, who were given special allowances for salt rations, called salarium 'salt money' the origin of our word 'salary.'"

Source


_________________
The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions 334pu7m
Cloud
Cloud
Admin

Female Zodiac : Capricorn Posts : 4530
Points : 11361
Times User Thanked: : 496
Join date : 2018-01-12
Location : DisUnited Kingdom

The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions Empty Re: The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions

Post by Cloud Thu Dec 06, 2018 11:46 pm

Very interesting. Always wondered where they originated from ❤


_________________
The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions Jl2e89
Dragon
Dragon
Senior Administrator
Senior Administrator

Posts : 5714
Points : 21090
Times User Thanked: : 536
Join date : 2018-01-18

The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions Empty Re: The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions

Post by Dragon Sat Dec 08, 2018 1:12 am

Carried on to this day, when the originality of 'superstition' are now obsolete, like spiky lethal umbrellas, and salt not a form of currency.

whistles


_________________
The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions 334pu7m
The author of this message was banned from the forum - See the message
The author of this message was banned from the forum - See the message
Dragon
Dragon
Senior Administrator
Senior Administrator

Posts : 5714
Points : 21090
Times User Thanked: : 536
Join date : 2018-01-18

The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions Empty Re: The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions

Post by Dragon Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:22 am

Locking this Thread to avoid double-posting, as a similar had already been started already started:

Go to:
*New* Everything Else *New

Broken Mirrors, Ladders, Black cats. Anybody else here superstitious?


_________________
The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions 334pu7m
Cloud
Cloud
Admin

Female Zodiac : Capricorn Posts : 4530
Points : 11361
Times User Thanked: : 496
Join date : 2018-01-12
Location : DisUnited Kingdom

The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions Empty Re: The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions

Post by Cloud Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:07 am

I still don't open umbrellas indoors either. *crosses fingers* the bad luck can stay out


_________________
The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions Jl2e89

Sponsored content

The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions Empty Re: The Surprising Origins of Common Superstitions

Post by Sponsored content


    Current date/time is Thu Apr 15, 2021 2:12 am