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Weird Belief: Baby's Seed/Bead Bracelets, Protection from Bad Spirits
Filipinos have a lot of weird beliefs that you may not encounter in any other people or places you'll know. I am not sure if I am one of those people who believes in those things but there are circumstances that my beliefs turned into doubts. There are many things that we cannot explain even though we thought we are open-minded people, hesitation and denial are in our minds.
What I have in subject is the common and the highly popularized charm tube bracelets intended for babies and children commonly.
My sister bought one piece of it two days ago for my new born nephew. They said it is good for babies, it protects them from "bad things" and it has some special seed and roots of some unknown plants that are said to have some kind of strong powers to avoid evil and "malain ginhawa" (ilonggo dialect).
It looked weird to me because I have only seen it up close and I sensed bad vibes about it. I never bought that thing for my son before when he was a baby. Due to insistent relative push, I just let my son wear or carry with him a small piece of ginger, they said it is proven that ginger can push away some bad "things" just like that bracelet.
Three nights ago my nephew have a crying fit. He won't stop crying as if there is something bothering him. I went to see what's wrong because they are staying at our house for awhile for his mother have chicken pox. We tried everything in order to make him stop crying, we checked his diapers but it's dry. We gave him milk, meaning that he is not hungry. We checked his temperature, which was normal. The bracelet isn't tight. What I want to say is that he is okay, except he was crying. I get him from my mother's hands and helped her make him stop. I suddenly saw this bracelet he wears and a message pops up in mind that maybe this is the problem. I told mom to take it off his arm and she did.
I am not mistaken and I am not dreaming, the moment my mom took the bracelet from his arms, he suddenly stops crying!!
He then slept normally and didn't cried again that night.
I don't know what should I believe but I have experienced this personally. I have doubts but there are things in this world we cannot explain.