Wednesday, January 27, 2016

A Portfolio of Superstitious Beliefs 5: Babies smile at angels we don’t see.

Dr Abe V Rotor

1. Babies smile at angels we don’t see. 

2. Kill a chicken for a new born baby as an offering. 

3. Sweeping or cleaning the house while a dead relative is in wake will lead to the death of another member of the family. 

4. Eating jackfruit during menstruation is prohibited otherwise the woman will get sick and even die. 

5. When planting sitao (string bean), place a comb on your hair to induce the production of abundant long fruits.

6. Eating chicken cooked with squash will cause leprosy.

7. A woman on her menstrual period should not visit a garden or orchard otherwise the plants will become sick or die.

8. To know if it is true jade, it remains cool even if the body is warm.

9. Beware of the werewolf. Man can turn into a wolf, and vice versa. 

10. Eight (8) is a lucky number; 8 is infinity. It means money will circulate.

11. Four (4) means in Chinese C or death. Every time you reach an age with the number 9 or 4, take precaution; you are prone to accident. 

12. Don’t cut fingernails at night; it’s bad luck.

13. In Chinese marriage, the woman walks backward led by a relative to be delivered to the bridegroom.

14. If a child keeps spitting, it will rain.

15. If you point at the moon your will suffer a cut.

16. Don’t allow your friend to remove your ring, otherwise you will quarrel.

17. Fixed marriage at birth is good luck.

18. Chinese calendar is late by two months – New Year is in February.
Chinese age starts one year at birth. 

19. Palm lines may change, so with our lives. 

20. Blessed palm on Easter Sunday is hang at the door for good luck.

21. First cut hair and fingernails of a baby must be kept in a book so that he will be intelligent.

22. Wearing black is symbol of mourning; to the Chinese it is wearing all white. 

23. Among the Chinese, miniaturized house, car and the like, go with the departed to assure him of a happy afterlife.
24. In a Chinese temple, you offer food to the gods, and then eat it after. This is not the case in Filipino custom; just leave the food offering (atang).

25. To the Chinese, paper money goes with the dead; it will be converted into real money in afterlife. 

26. Light candles outside of the house during All Saints Day in deference to of the souls of the dead and the unseen.  (Lighted candle also drives flies away.)

27. When you happen to encounter a funeral entourage, throw some coins in respect of the dead. 

28. Don’t stand in front of a gate if you are pregnant.

29. If by mistake it’s the bride that hands over the arras to the bridegroom, expect that she will be the breadwinner. 

30. Diamond studded wedding rings do not make a perfect relationship. ~

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