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Bad Luck Superstition?

Ever give any thought to some of the superstitions that have been handed down from generation to generation. For example- why is it considered bad luck to walk under a ladder?

Well, first and foremost, it is dangerous to walk under a ladder in case it slips, but there’s more to the superstition than that. Since a ladder, leaning against a wall, forms a triangle with the ground and the wall, the belief it that you’d better not step through it and break it, or evil may befall you.

The triangle was a sacred symbol to the early Christians, representing the Blessed Trinity–Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Walking under a ladder was considered a serious sin because it weakened God’s power, and thus released evil demons into the world. Before the gallows were invented, murderers were hung from the top rungs of ladders. Many people believed that their ghosts had a habit of hanging round under those ladders where the bodies fell, so it behooved a wise person to not walk under a ladder.

More superstitions to come. What are some superstitions that you think have some or no merit? Share them here.

2 comments

1 TheTrueNeptune@Msn.Com { 05.20.10 at 5:34 am }

Ohhhh… I know that one…. It’s said that either lightning will strike or It’s just generally bad luck to open an umbrella indoors… Right???

2 deb { 05.13.10 at 9:27 am }

Very interesting, can’t wait to hear about opening the umbrella in the house.

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