Many theories exist, but this is the most popular one.

This superstition comes from the fact that many early cultures considered triangles to be sacred symbols of life. For Christians, a triangle represents the Holy Trinity. Since a ladder up against a wall forms a triangle, walking beneath it would be disrupting sanctity and risk holy wrath.

Early Christians considered a ladder resting against a wall to represent the crucifixion, and therefore, evil. For this reason, convicted criminals were forced to walk under the gallows ladder, the entranceway to eternal damnation and darkness.

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