Superstitions and How They Came About; Take Two…

Written by Anya Hubbard

This week’s article on superstitions is about mirrors and how the bad luck of spilling salt came about. I know that I have written about these common superstitions before, but these are the other superstition origin stories.

So I know that I have previously done an article on mirrors and how if one breaks one it brings bad luck. However, this superstition is about how the Ancient Romans believed that mirrors contained fragments of our souls. In this case, breaking a mirror signified a break in someone’s health and well-being. Luckily, they also believed that souls regenerated every seven years. The amount of time the mirror-breaker would be unlucky before they emerged new and whole again.

This is another superstition that I have previously written about but this origin story is much more shocking. This superstition is about how the superstition of salt came about. Many people say that all superstitions somehow relate to the Bible and Bible stories. Many people blame Judas for the bad luck associated with spilling salt. If you were to take a closer look at Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting, “The Last Supper.” Judas, the 13th guest at Jesus’ dinner, is depicted knocking salt over on the table with his elbow. Because Judas betrayed Jesus, the salt he knocked over started getting associated with bad luck.

Thanks for reading! Come back next week for some more crazy origin stories! Have a great rest of your week!

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Anya Hubbard