Why are we afraid of the reflection in the mirror?
Caputa came to conclusions, which he shared with the readers of the scientific edition of «Perception». Of course, there is nothing supernatural in mirror distortions. The effect of a stranger in the mirror is no more than the optical illusion, caused by a long look at one point. Our visual system is compelled to recognize the same image again and again, but it begins to interpret it differently, and the accessing imagination creates a fear that suppresses common sense.
If you turn off the light and take the candle in hand, the situation will aggravate: the quivering fire makes the reflection pulsate and creates frightening shadows in the background. Suffice it to recall the popular ancestor’s fortune-telling for a betrothed: the girl should sit still in the dark in front of a mirror in the flame of a single candle until the face of her future husband appears in the reflection. The «betrothed» often came thanks to a vivid imagination which was warmed by tales about the devilish nature of mirrors.
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