The ancient superstition that guarantees it breaking a mirror can bring seven years of bad luck dates back more than 2000 years, to ancient Greece and al Roman Empire. And it has not lost its validity over the years.
In ancient times it was believed that reflected images contain unknown energies and powers. In Greece, ever since the myth of Oedipus, a person’s reflection in water was said to show his soul; something similar happened with the Romans, who claimed that the gods could observe the soul of people through the mirrors.
Also, the first man-made mirrors appear during the period of the Roman Empire, when shiny metals such as copper and silver. It was with these materials that the famous superstition began, as a mirror of this size broke it was not an easy task. In case they were damaged, it looked like a bad sign and even a lack of respect for their deities.
How to avoid seven years of bad luck for breaking a mirror?
Once in 3rd centuryand the mirrors were made of glass and their breakup was much more common. Even so, the bad omen their breakup brought endured.
But there is a “antidote” in case it happens. To avoid seven years of bad luck, a number of steps must be taken.
First of all, they have to collect all the loose pieces of the mirror, put them in a cloth or paper bag and throw it into a mighty river, so that it takes all the bad energy with it. In case you don’t have a river nearby, another solution is to bury it.
Why is it seven years? This comes from the Roman belief that human bodies renewed every seven years. Because of this, they said that if a mirror breaks, the soul may be trapped in its remains for that time.
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