Are you superstitious? Do you believe in things that bring good luck or cause bad luck?Superstition -
1. excessively credulous belief in and reverence for the supernatural;
*a widely held but irrational belief in supernatural influences, especially as leading to good or bad luck, or a practice based on such a belief.
Just as each country has its own history and folklore, it probably has its own cultural superstitions as well. Many of us have relatives and friends who may have introduced us to a few popular, well-trusted ones and we may have concocted our very own, over the years. Some of them are funny, some are spooky and some are sensible.
Here are a few from my homeland:
1. If a butterfly comes into your home, you would see someone you have not seen in a long time. If the person appears anytime within the month, it is common for a person to notify the visitor that the sign of their visit was given.
2. If a green grasshopper comes into your home, you would get money. You must ensure that it is not harmed by children and pets in your home in order to secure your upcoming fortune.
3. If a pigeon drops a load on your head, face, shoulders or back, you would receive good luck. Usually, the good luck means that you would get an unexpected large sum of money.
4. If you point your finger at a cemetery, it would rotten and fall off. People usually pass a cemetery without looking in its direction to avoid any bad luck that the spirits may bring.
5. Do not pick fruits or the leaves of plants for medicinal purposes after 6 p.m. because the plants are sleeping and something bad would happen to you if you do. If you are going to pick them early in the morning, you must talk to them first to make sure they are awake.
6. You must turn around at your doorway and walk backwards inside your home to look a jumbie (i.e. an evil spirit) in its eyes. It is said that when a spirit follows you home, it grabs on to your back like a child so that you can carry it with you inside of your house. Turning around and walking backwards into your home scares the jumbie, it jumps off of your back and stays outside.
7. After combing out your hair or cutting it off, you must not throw the hair outside or something bad would happen. It is said that obeah men and women (aka witches or sorcerers) collect the loose hair of persons who throw it away. The hair assists them in performing rituals for their clients. If they are hired to remove sickness from a person, then that disease would be transferred to the person who owns the hair.
What are some of yours? Have you had instances when your superstition/s made you act very strangely whilst in the company of others?