Is Walking Under A Ladder Bad Luck?04/09/12
It’s been one of the oldest questions passed through the generations that people wonder about. Either superstitious or rational, everyone who has ever walked under a ladder has spent at ...
It’s been one of the oldest questions passed through the generations that people wonder about. Either superstitious or rational, everyone who has ever walked under a ladder has spent at least a few seconds thinking about whether or not the future will hold bad luck. Though the majority of people think it is hazardous to walk under a ladder, a good number of people also consider it to be really bad luck. But whilst being one of the most popular and widespread superstitions in the world, there hasn’t been any concrete proof that walking under a ladder really is bad luck.
The origin of walking under the ladder superstition has a number of theories. However, the most relevant and popular one comes from the early days of Christianity, which is based on Trinity. Trinity is the belief that God is made of three parts; the Holy Father, The Holy Son and the Holy Spirit. Together they form a triangle, which is deemed sacred since the three sides represent those three constituents in Christianity.
A ladder leaning up against a wall also forms a triangle, which people traditionally saw as symbolizing the triangle of Trinity. If someone goes within the triangle or even walks under a ladder, this breaks the Trinity and was regarded as in the league of devil, committing an unforgivable sin against the Holy Spirits. As a punishment of this deed, people would be punished by future accidents or bad luck. This is how the myth of walking under the ladder rolled out throughout the globe.
To date it is one of the most popular superstitions. In a recent survey it came in second position after ‘breaking a mirror’ for having bad luck. The research reported on the Telegraph website showed that Britons were 34% more likely to act with caution or look out for omens of good or bad luck when it’s Friday the 13th.
The nation’s top 10 fears, superstitions and signs of bad luck ranked in order of ‘superstitiousness’
- Breaking a mirror
- Walking under a ladder
- Friday the 13th
- Opening an umbrella indoors
- A black cat crossing your path
- The sight of a single magpie
- Spilling salt
- Placing shoes on the table or on the bed
- Treading on cracks in the pavement
- Walking over three drains
So it is evident that the phenomenon of walking under a ladder bringing bad luck has a historic origin and people do genuinely believe in this. However, there is no evidence to prove the theory. Perhaps people who have experienced bad luck from walking under a ladder did so purely by causing it through their own anxiety, after becoming panicked or nervous.
Therefore, the best thing to do to avoid bad luck would be to simply reject the superstition that walking under a ladder is in fact bad luck!
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