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Is Breaking a Mirror Bad Luck?

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People believe that breaking a mirror brings a bad luck in your life. But most of these people in India and around the world do not know the reason, why people throw coin and just following the crowd on the name of custom or tradition. So, I decided to do some research and find out the truth behind it and found out some really knowledgeable and must share stuff.

Is Breaking a Mirror Bad Luck?

Well there are two type of belief behind this custom (tradition). One is traditional belief i.e. what people believe and other is scientific belief . We will talk about both traditional and scientific (or ancient) belief with some of its history one by one:

◾Traditional Belief (what people think):

People often think that breaking a mirror may bring you bad luck for 7 years. Mirror superstitions probably evolved from the time when the first humans saw their reflections in a pool of water, believed that the image in a water was their actual soul and to endanger it would mean risking injury to the other self. An ancient myth was that mirrors have magical powers, including the power to foreseen the future and are thought to be devices of the Gods. Thus breaking a mirror would terminate its powers, the soul would be astray form the body and misfortunes would be brought upon the one whose reflection it last held.

It was the Romans who tagged to the broken mirror a sign of seven years bad luck. The length of the prescribed misfortune came from the ancient Roman belief that it took seven years for life to renew itself. If the persons looking into the mirror were not of good health, their image would break the mirror and the run of bad luck would continue for the period of seven years, at the end of which their life would be renewed, their body would be physically rejuvenated, and the curse would be ended.

◾Scientific (Ancient) Belief:

Now-a-days mirrors are very cheap and easily available. Infact, we have atleast one mirror in each room of the house but the condition is not as in earlier time. In old times, mirrors were not cheap and they were of low quality. In order to avoid negligence it was told that breaking a mirror brings seven years of bad luck. That was simple scare tactic. If we ask them to handle it with care because it is expensive then there is a chance they dont pay much attention. But when the name of Religion is attached with it then we take extra care. That's why they attach it to Religion and call it bad luck if the mirror breaks.

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