Why you shouldn't take pictures of sleeping people

By SSPDaily editionJan 26, 2024 13:04 PMSociety
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In the digital age, when every moment is captured and sent around the world, the power of photography is undeniable. A single photo can freeze emotions, preserve memories, and evoke deep feelings. However, behind the lens lies a whole world of folk signs. These superstitions warned people against photographing certain objects.

Among them were images of people sleeping. Sleep, a state of vulnerability, was considered sacred in different cultures. The belief in the harmful effects of capturing a sleeping person on camera stems from the idea that it can disturb the peace of this delicate state. Such fears are particularly relevant to photographs of sleeping babies, where parents may unknowingly capture an image that is believed to contain negative energy.

Mirrors, which are often seen as gateways to another dimension, are also on this list. It is believed that a photograph that contains a mirror reflection can inadvertently attract conflict and unrest into someone's life. Interestingly, while the digital realm seems to free us from this fear, printed versions of such photographs are treated with caution.

The allure of ruins, ancient structures and abandoned houses may fascinate photographers, but according to beliefs, images of these decaying buildings carry a negative charge. People also warn against taking pictures near such places, as it is believed to bring bad luck. This principle echoes the idea that the energy of these deserted spaces can penetrate and destroy harmony in human life.

Inextricably linked to human culture, funerals mark a solemn transition from life to death. Traditionally, it is not recommended to take pictures of the deceased, as this can bring lingering sadness and unhappiness to the lives of those who remain. This belief is based on the notion that the essence of the deceased, captured in a photograph, can disrupt the natural flow of life.

Among the list of photographic taboos, the mysterious black cat stands out. Throughout history, black cats have been revered and feared, and various superstitions are associated with them. It is said that photographs of these feline creatures attract bad luck and evil forces.

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