Another Egyptian myth was connected with the opposite of Ra: I’m talking about Nut, the Goddess of Night (above). In the writings, Nut used to envelope the sky after the sunset, just like an huge umbrella. The man-made umbrellas were fashioned with peacock feathers and papyrus, and represented this goddess. The shadow surrounding the person was considered sacred, and if someone other than the actual owner of the umbrella stepped on this space, it was considered a crime against the Gods. Well, it can be very odd to know that Babylonians had the opposite perception of that space. If you’re lucky to touch your King’s umbrella shadow, you’re receiving a great gift.
Talking about odd stories, another probable reason why of this superstition can be found in 18th century London. In fact, this was the time when waterproof umbrellas were invented and popularized. There was only one little, tiny problem. It had metal spokes. Maybe not a problem for us, but it was quite an issue for Ye Olde english people. These were awkward to open and very large in size, which most of the time caused injuries and damages to the houses, breaking objects and hurting little kids. This if it was opened indoors. So the consequences were arguments among families and friends. Quite a bad luck sign, isn’t it?
Another variation of this superstition, kinda reminding me of a Murphy’ s Law, can be this: “ If rain is predicted on a given day, take the umbrella with you and it will surely not rain. Leave it at home, and it will be raining cats and dogs”.
It’s been noticed bad luck doesn’t occur has been opened outdoors and then bought inside to dry. Bad luck is more
associated with a black umbrella, for obvious reasons, and also if :
- It was given as a gift
- It has never been used outside in the rain
- If it’s opened on a ship or dropped on the floor.
Really weird stories. But I think very ironic. What do you think about this new “Bad Luck File”. Oh, and I almost forgot... talking about umbrellas, I would like to share with you a cute love story between two of them. Here's the link of the Pixar Short The Blue Umbrella. Hope you liked the article. See you soon !!