Growing up here in the Philippines, I was accustomed to many different superstitions. Most of these are quite irrational and are sometimes beyond the grounds of Science. What I don’t understand is the way it affects the lives of many Filipinos. It creates a belief that misfortune will always happen if it will not be followed. I also find it very conflicting that the largest Christian country in Asia have a lot of beliefs that contradicts to the philosophy of the religion.
Here are just some of the most common Filipino superstitions;
- When a pregnant woman eats a twin banana, she will have twins.
- When you open an umbrella inside the house, it will rain snakes.
- When someone sleeps with wet hair, that person may go blind or go crazy.
- When you sit on a pillow, you will get boils on your butt.
- A bride can’t try the wedding dress before the wedding or else the wedding will not happen.
- If a person sits on a book, that person will become stupid or dumb.
- People with large ears have long life.
- If a person drops a fork it means a female visitor will arrive in their house. (spoon for male, or maybe it’s the other way around…)
- If a person will leave to go out of the house while someone is eating, the person eating should turn his plate clockwise for the safety of the person leaving.
- It is bad luck to sweep the floor on nighttime because you are sweeping luck away instead.
- If your palm becomes itchy, it means you are going to get money.
- If one will pass by a mound or pile of soil, he should ask permission or excuse himself to pass. It is believed to be the home of elves and passing without permission is a sign of disrespect and may cause them to curse you.
- Touching a pregnant woman’s stomach will give you luck.
- It's bad luck to sing while you're eating.
- Wait for everyone to finish before cleaning and leaving the table or else the last person eating won't get married.
- If you splash water on a cat it will rain.
- You should never cut your nails or have a haircut during the holy week because they might not grow back.
- To prevent rain, draw a sun on the ground.
- If you jump on New Year’s Eve, you will become taller.
These superstitious beliefs are part of what makes us different and unique as a Filipino. They are part of our culture, but we must remember that we should not limit ourselves or put boundaries on what we do because of these beliefs. We are responsible for what we do and the effects that may happen are the results of our action.
© 2011 MangBerto08