Friday 13th surprising superstitions
Many of us fear Friday the 13th associating it with bad luck and evil happenings. There is a term for the fear of the number 13 and a fear of Friday the 13th, ‘paraskevidekatriaphobia’ - try saying that after a cocktail! Here are a few superstitions and their surprising origins…
Friday 13th: The number 13 is so feared that many hotels, apartments and airlines will avoid using the number entirely! The number 13 has not always been considered unlucky, in fact the ancient Egyptians believed that the number 13 would bring good fortune. One theory of the origin of the modern day superstition is that Judas was the 13th person seated at the last supper.
A black cat crossing your path: For the self-confessed crazy cat ladies amongst us it’s difficult to imagine any of our furry friends bringing us anything but happiness! However, way back in the middle ages black cats were seen as evil demons. It was believed that a black cat crossing your path would block your connection to God and entrance to Heaven. This superstition sadly meant that anyone found taking care of black cats would suffer severe punishments.
Walking under a ladder: We all know that instinct that kicks in when you’re walking down the street and see a ladder, right? The superstition associated with walking under a ladder dates back to medieval times, in which the ladder symbolized the gallows, the place where people would be hanged.
Breaking a mirror: Almost universally the superstition of breaking a mirror means getting seven years bad luck. It is thought that this common superstition dates back to 15th century Venice, Italy. In the 15th century in Venice glass mirrors were produced with a silver backing and were very expensive. The cleaning staff of the wealthy were responsible for cleaning the mirrors and could never have afforded to replace them if broken. If broken, the punishment for breaking a mirror was seven years working as a servant to the owner of the mirror.
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Happy Friday 13th stay lucky gals!
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