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People were warned never to look into a mirror at night or by candlelight. If you did, you would be certain to see ghosts, demons and portents of death - even your own!
Even while asleep, it was thought best to cover your mirror as you could be vulnerable to attack from negative spirits or demons during the dark hours. It was also advised, to never place your bed in a place where it is reflected in a mirror.
Majority of the cases of fear of mirrors phobia have their roots in the early past. Earliest known fear of mirrors can be traced back to mankind’s fear of still waters. Before modern advances, humans did not use mirrors; rather they saw their reflection in still waters of lakes, rivers etc. They often thought that “it was their soul staring back at them”. This gave rise to the concept that the ‘soul could be separated from the body even before death’. Many folktales were also developed around this concept. For example, there is a story about the disturbance in a character’s reflection in a lake that eventually leads to impending doom or disaster.
In several cultures, children less than a year old are not shown a mirror due to the belief that they might die when shown their reflection. Similarly, in certain cultures, mirrors in households where death has occurred are kept veiled so that mourning family members do not see their reflection (or they too would die soon)
originally posted by: blackcrowe
I thought i was the only one.
I've never heard anyone else admit they are mirror phobic.
originally posted by: kaelci
It's not so much a fear of destruction, but the fear that there will indeed be an entity IN the mirror, staring back. I'm not sure what I would do if I saw such a thing... apart from faint, or run away in terror and hide under a blanket.
In saying that though, I am curious to hear more about black ink bowl visions... I may have to do some more investigating!