Origin: Ancient Egyptian
Description: Walking under a ladder brings bad luck
Not Walking Under Ladders may be the most popular of all superstitions - and it is a hard one to argue with. In Medieval times, a ladder stood beside the scaffold of a gallows - and walking beneath foretold your death by hanging. In the early days of Christianity, the triangle formed by the ladder against a wall was a sacred symbol of the Holy Trinity.
But the Ancient Egyptians deserve the original credit. They were big on triangles, in the form of pyramids; and very experienced with ladders, which they needed to build pyramids. The Egyptians believed the triangle was a magical shape, and that a god or spirit inhabited the space beneath a ladder.
WALKING UNDER A LADDER
SOMETIMES BEING UP A
LADDER IS MORE
Note: These superstitions
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