How to use pillows correctly: what ancient beliefs and customs warn against

By SSPDaily editionFeb 2, 2024 11:14 AMLife
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Throughout history, sleep and its associated attributes have held a place of honor in various cultures. The pillow, a seemingly ordinary piece of textile, has been endowed with significant symbolic meaning and superstitions that have been passed down from generation to generation. Delving into the legends associated with pillows, one can discover intriguing beliefs that shape traditions and warn against certain actions.

In ancient times, sleep was perceived as a mystical state, a bridge between reality and the afterlife. As a result, many signs appeared, many of which were associated with pillows.

One of the most common beliefs warned against sleeping on two pillows at the same time, especially for those who are not in a relationship. According to this superstition, such an action portended a lonely existence for single people. On the other hand, married women were warned against potential illnesses, and men were advised to beware of financial losses.

Another interesting aspect of pillow superstitions concerned sitting. It was believed that sitting on pillows was not good, as this action brought not only physical ailments but also a series of bad luck. Interestingly, there were exceptions - newlyweds could sit on pillows during wedding celebrations, symbolizing a union blessed by fortune.

In addition to sitting, the placement of the pillow also had a certain significance. It was believed that placing a pillow on a table, even for a moment, would attract bad luck and illness. This warning belief further illustrates the deep connection between these textiles and the energy they carried.

The energy-absorbing property attributed to pillows was a common feature of these superstitions. Believers believed that a pillow could absorb both the positive and negative energy of the sleeper, leading to the idea that using someone else's pillow could inadvertently bring the previous user's troubles into the new sleeper's life.

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