Superstitious Beliefs in my beloved Country, Philippines

rarity By rarity, 24th Apr 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2_thharv/
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Every country and culture has its own beliefs and traditions.

welcome to a country of superstitious believers

Our country is one that is full of superstitious beliefs handed down from generation to generation. Even in today’s times, there are still so many people who use these beliefs as a basis for their actions. I would like to name of few of them.

could there be truth to any of these?

These are the beliefs handed to me by my parents and which I still have the tendency to practice (at least one or two of these):

1. covering all mirrors with a cloth when there is lightning

Old folks say that when the weather is bad and lightning starts flashing, you have to cover your mirror with a piece of cloth. They say mirror attracts lightning.

2. When someone in the family dies, you should not:

a. comb your hair

b. clean your house


c. wear clothes that have happy colors, especially red

3. when a girl experiences her first menarche she should…

a. jump from the stairs (3,4 or 5 steps would do) in order to grow

b. wash the first blood-soiled panty a little and wipe it all over your face to avoid pimples (boys who

are suffering from acne may also do this by borrowing from their sister or whoever is having their

menstruation for the first time

c. not take a bath because this will interrupt the flow of blood

4. for those who are about to be wed

a. the bride-to-be should never fit her bridal gown before the wedding day

b. the bride- and groom-to-be should not be together three days before the wedding and should only

on the wedding itself

5. do not sleep when your hair is wet for one could go blind because of this

6. when you are lying, do not let anyone walk over you; if someone does it, you should let

her/him go back

7. the plucking of white hair at night means you are praying that members of your family will die

8. when someone flatters you, you should knock on wood because some evil spirits might hear it and

cause you some bad experience

There are still many but the ones enumerated above were some of those I could remember which were handed down to me by my parents.

not losing anything if you believe them

Some folks today are quick to reason out that one does not actually lose anything by heeding to the warnings given by superstition. For instance, when you cover your mirror with a piece of cloth, that is actually a harmless action. It won't hurt you if you do it, but if you don't we just don't know what could possibly happen.

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author avatar mistyleaf
24th Apr 2012 (#)

b. wash the first blood-soiled panty a little and wipe it all over your face to avoid pimples (boys who

are suffering from acne may also do this by borrowing from their sister or whoever is having their

menstruation for the first time< you made me laugh with this! lol. Thank for sharing.

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author avatar rarity
24th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks too, Misty.

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author avatar Tess Irons
24th Apr 2012 (#)

We must be from the same country, rarity. I've heard of those superstititous beliefs too.

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author avatar rarity
24th Apr 2012 (#)

Yes, I think so too.

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author avatar Peter B. Giblett
24th Apr 2012 (#)

There are certainly some curious customs out there.

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author avatar rarity
24th Apr 2012 (#)

There are still hundreds of others actually.

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author avatar Val Mills
24th Apr 2012 (#)

I've heard of a few, but not many. The mirror and lightning one may make sense, though it strikes so fast who could possibly do so! Enjoyed reading this.

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author avatar rarity
24th Apr 2012 (#)

Thanks, Val Mills.

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author avatar Buzz
25th Apr 2012 (#)

Entertaining and informative, rarity.

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author avatar rarity
25th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you Buzz. I know you can relate to this.

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author avatar Jules Castillo
25th Apr 2012 (#)

hi rarity, i have overlooked your wikinut account siguro...kahapon ko lang nalaman na Pinoy ka...now following you...good job on featuring our traditions....san ka pala dito?

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author avatar rarity
25th Apr 2012 (#)

Hi Cowboy. I'm from the Visayas. You must be from Luzon. Salamat sa comment mo.

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