What is it about 3 A.M. that induces ......FEAR in some people? Why are some people quite
superstitious about the time of 3 A.M.? What is the urban legend or mythology surrounding 3 A.M.? How is 3 A.M. considered the apex of night in the human consciousness?
This not a researched response. But there was a time when I worked in the health system and when I was on night shift I would find that for some reason the 3am to 4am period was the period when perhaps steady or quiet, something would go wrong or there was an emergency or a death. There was something in the "air" and till this day I don't know why. What's the folklore around it gmwilliams?
The folklore is that 3 A.M. is known as the so-called Devil's Hour. It is supposedly when evil/negative forces are at their.....MOST POTENT so to speak. You're right that 3-4 a.m. is when something is grave or a death.
That's interesting....I should google that. Thankyou gmwilliams.
Both my mother and sister died between 3 and 4 am. I don't believe there is anything evil about the time but I do believe that it is the time of day when energy is at it's lowest. In addition to most people being in bed asleep, bars, restaurants, theaters, night clubs, and every other reason to be up and carousing has closed and people have found their way home. With a such a degree of calmness settling in, maybe it's just a peaceful time to die.
There was a great TED talk on 3AM, and how many songs reference it.
It seems to be that deep pit of despair, worry or angst that has to be bad for you to STILL be up at 3 AM, when it almost doesn't matter if you'll sleep tonight because tomorrow is coming.
According to religious folklore, 3 A.M. is supposedly considered the Devil's hour. This is because 3 P.M. is supposedly the time that Jesus Christ died on the cross. This religious folklore proclaims that since 3 P.M. was Jesus Christ's time, 3 A.M. is deemed quite the opposite. This folklore maintains that 3 A.M. is the time where the devil & other malevolent forces are the most active. Many paranormal specialists of this vein indicates that this is the time when the veil between the physical & spiritual world is least.
There are many people who are very apprehensive regarding 3 A.M. They maintain that if they wake up at that hour, there must be something ominous. Many will pray to guard themselves against so-called demonic forces. There are others who assert that 3 A.M. is the apex of the night. They contend that this time is the very darkest before the coming dawn.
Aside from the religious folklore, 3 A.M. is considered an ominous time. Any telephone call at 3 A.M. denotes an emergency of some kind or even a notification of death. My late mother was notified at 3:25 A.M. in 1990 that my late father has died.
In essence, according to folklore, myth, & urban legend, 3 A.M. is the quintessential night hour & nighttime has the worst reputation. The connotation of night is not a good & even an evil thing because things that are so-called undercover & forbidden occur during the night. This is a leftover from more ancient times where night is seen as the time where suspect things occur.
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