Friday the 13th Superstitions Explained to Mainers
I've spent most of my day intensely aware of my surroundings and making sure that no harm befalls me due to lack of diligence on Friday the 13th. I have questions about the origins of this superstitious date, so I took them to the experts at Wikipedia. What I found will put your mind at ease. You may find yourself so relieved that you smash a mirror.
- The day itself may have biblical origins. Something about the number of guests at the Last Supper and Jesus' crucifixion on Good Friday.
- Black cats were straight up terrifying to folks in the Middle Ages because they got lumped in with witches. A rumor went around claiming that if a black cat crossed your path it would block your connection to God and heaven.
- Opening umbrellas indoors is just asking for a poked eye, but there was also a time when some people believed that it was an insult to the sun god.
- This is the one superstition that I'll admit creeps me out, walking under a ladder. Seems innocent, but ladders were associated with the gallows in medieval times. Walking under one might signify facing a hanging at the gallows in the future. Some scaredy cats thought that spirits gathered under an open ladder.
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