Do you avoid walking under ladders? If so, you’re not alone. Apart from a possible practical danger of something falling from above, many people also believe this action in itself is unlucky.
Actually, that superstition is believed to date back some 5,000 years and has been linked to ancient Egypt. It’s said that the Egyptian avoidance is related to the shape a ladder makes when it leans against a wall – a triangle. That shape was regarded as sacred and linked to the gods and the ancient Egyptians believed that passing through a triangle would show the deities disrespect.
Later on, ladders were linked to Jesus Christ’s death. The placement of a ladder against the crucifix made it a symbol of betrayal, wickedness, misfortune, and death.
Finally, criminals were forced to walk under ladders when they were on the way to the gallows in England during the 1600s.
But this is just one of many popular superstitions…
Are you superstitious? What is a popular superstition where you live? If you know the superstition’s origin story, please share that too!