Understanding Filipino superstitions
Every culture has it superstitions, my mother particularly is a firm believer of these notions. These ways or superstitions are usually passed on from generations and even though I’ve grown up in the UK, these traditions are still embedded in me and sometimes can’t help but smile and think… why the hell did I believe that?!
Here are just some examples that my mother and grandmother use to tell me;
- You should never sleep with your head facing the door – until this day, it scares the beejeezus out of me, this is the position of death! (from what I can recall)
- Sleep with scissors next to you and some garlic when you’re pregnant – just in case a mananagal takes a shine to you.
- Don’t eat before bed time– you will never wake up. (I can confirm now folks that this is not true!)
- If you are walking through the bushes, forest or anywhere where there’s a sign of high vegetation you are meant to say “tabi po”- which means “Please excuse me I’m passing through”. This is the sign of respect for any fairies or dwarfs that might just be hanging around. After all you don’t want to step on anyones toes right?
- Never change your pillow covers in the evening – I never knew what this meant but until this day it still makes me think twice!
- A person who has big ears will live long – that’s me done for.
- If you drop a spoon on the floor – it means a female will be coming to visit you soon. If its a fork then it will be a male.
- Never play with your food – this will give you a stomach ache.
- Whistle to make the wind blow – I usually find that I only have to feed my husband a hot curry and this happens.
- If your palm becomes itchy usually means money is coming you way.
- Put a wet piece of paper on your forehead to cure hiccups– now, you can imagine how silly I might have looked every time I had hiccups and my mother decided to ‘cure’ me with this method.
So what did you used to believe in?