The Origin of Bad Luck Mirrors

Way back in the day mirrors were extremely expensive, and only households that were rich enough to afford lots of servants owned them and usually didn't have very many because they were expensive even for the rich people.  But accidents happen and servants would sometimes break the mirrors (or back then they were called "looking glass, or just glass"), which were very expensive to replace.

Since most servants back then were uneducated and highly supersticious, the owners of the household would tell the servants that it was bad luck to break a mirror, and just to make sure they pounded that fact good and hard in their servants' heads they would add, "seven years bad luck, actually."  (Not really sure why they chose the number seven.  There's some debate on that.)

And thus a fake supersticion created to keep expensive mirrors from breaking became a world wide supersticion that people still follow today.


SerenaDragonfly SerenaDragonfly
22-25, F
5 Responses Mar 1, 2009

This one's good.

If you believe to be so, then it will be so!

Actually the 7 years thing is Norse in it's origins. It was said that mirrors reflected not your true self, but your soul - if you broke a mirror it'd smash your soul and they believed it would take 7 years for your soul to fully heal. Im imagining without your soul you would be prone to misfortune, hence the 7 years bad luck superstition.<br />
Incidentally, i smashed a mirror in 1999 at the moment of the solar total eclipse (was trying to view it safely), That's got to be worth more than 7 years - only way it could be worse is if it were on Friday 13th!! and yes, i had loads of bad luck after; house reposessed, dislocated shoulder, gallstones, husband fell off wagon etc, etc. The only good thing to happen in that period was the birth of my son, so maybe there is some truth in it after all; either that, or it's self-fulfilling prophecy, lol.

You're welcome! ^ ^

Thanks for the information!