Description: A witch, or a vampire, cannot cross running water.
Origin: Ancient Rome
There is an ancient principle that rivers are natural and spiritual borders, which is why witches and vampires are said to be unable to cross them, even in a boat. Ancient Greek writers described rivers as the abode of jealous gods who would bring low any mortal who violated them.
In ancient Rome the high priests of the city carried out sacred rituals to ensure that their bridges did not offend the respective river gods. For this the priests were known as Pontifex, or bridge-builders - a term that lives on among the titles of the Roman Catholic pope.
I would be happy to get caught by this
witch . . .
Note: These superstitions
were researched and written by Stuart Macfarlane (Website:
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