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Very Superstitious: Ladders in question
Posted On: 10-11-2015
 
Does walking under a ladder really bring bad luck? As Friday 13th approaches, we have been thinking about how the humble ladder got tied up in such a negative superstition.  There are several possible reasons for this, which we have listed below.
 
It is said that the superstition can be traced back as early as Ancient Egypt, as Egyptians believed that the shape of a ladder against a wall symbolised a pyramid. The pyramids were sacred to the Ancient Egyptians, and to them walking under a ladder represented breaking the power of the pyramid.

One suggestion is that the ladder, when placed against a wall, forms three sides, creating a triangle, which is said to represent the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. By walking under a ladder it is said that the triangle is broken, which is believed to be a blasphemous act. It was also believed that walking under a ladder, therefore breaking the triangle, was a sign of welcoming the devil. Another explanation that comes from Christianity is associated with the ladder that is said to have rested against the cross. Ladders therefore became connected to betrayal and death.

In Medieval times the ladder symbolised the gallows. People associated a ladder leaning against a wall with ladders that were used to remove dead hanged bodies. Criminals are also said to have been forced to walk under ladders on their way to the gallows, and as a consequence it was believed that anyone who walked under them would die a terrible death by hanging.

Though these superstitions are still well and truly engrained in our beliefs, today many people are more interested in the health and safety implications of walking under, or too close to, a ladder. It is common sense to walk around a ladder as opposed to under it as it could be easily knocked, causing injury to the person on the ladder or the passerby.

So, whether you’re superstitious or just health and safety cautious, we recommend avoiding walking under a ladder that is being used, in order to avoid any unpleasant and unnecessary accidents, whether it is Friday 13th or indeed any other day. You can find out more about Ladder Safety here http://www.britishladders.co.uk/newsdetails/58_ladder-safety-tips.html