Why is it bad luck to spill salt? If you’ve ever seen Da Vinci’s painting The Last Supper, the answer was right in front of your face.
If you take a close look, Judas – also the 13 guest to arrive at the gathering, giving rise to 13 being an unlucky number – is depicted knocking salt over on the table with his elbow.
Because Judas betrayed Jesus, the salt he knocked over started getting associated with his misdeeds. So why do we throw salt over our shoulder after spilling it? That supposedly blinds the devil and counteracts any bad luck that could result from spilling it in the first place.
Check out the origins of 10 other superstitions HERE.