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Filipino Folk Beliefs

A folk belief or superstition is a common notion that an object, action or circumstance has a consequential, often ominous, influence on the outcome of a course of events and is widely accepted by members of a group even without logical or scientific basis. In the Philippines, the terms used are paniniwala (belief), kasabihan ng mga matatanda (sayings of old people) and pamahiin (superstitions).

Continue September 30, 2010

Good Luck signs

• Encountering a yellow butterfly will bring you good luck.

• If you are awakened by chirping birds at dawn, luck awaits you.

• Dreaming of fish, trees, or snakes means good fortune, money, or happiness.

• At the stroke of midnight on New Year’s Eve, eat twelve grapes which represent the twelve months of the year. This will ensure money and good luck throughout the year.

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Animal Signs

• If moths fly at night, it is a sign that it will rain.
• If frogs croak in the summertime, it is a sign of the coming rain.
• A cat wiping its face is a sign that a visitor is coming.
• A hen clucking at daw is a sign that an unmarried woman is pregnant.
• If dogs howl at night, it means that bad spirits are lurking in the around.
• When a house lizard makes a lot of noise, expect a letter or a visitor.
• If you see a spider at night, it is a sign of good luck.
• Don’t speak ill of mice or rats, or they will harm you. Call them good names.

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Pregnancy

• If a pregnant woman’s abdomen is pointed, her baby will be a boy; if it is round, the baby will be a girl.

• If a pregnant woman eats a fruit from a tree, all the remaining fruits will remain sour.

• A pregnant woman who eats “twin” bananas will give birth to twins. To prevent this, she must split the twin bananas behind her back.

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Babies

• Trimming a baby’s eyelashes during her first month will help it grow nicely.

• A baby who sucks on her toes means her mother will soon be pregnant again.

• A breech baby will bring luck to the family. She will also have the power to remove fish spines stuck in another person’s throat by merely touching that person’s neck.

• When a baby is being baptized, he should be carried by a person with plenty of coins in his hand or pocket. This brings good luck to the baby.

• A child that cries during his baptism is a sign of prosperity. The harder the child cries, the richer he will be.

• Stepping over a child while he is asleep will slow down his growth.

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Moving to a new house

• When building a house, always remember to place certain things under each structural post. Old coins and religious medals will drive away evil spirits and ensure prosperity. Musical score sheets, medals, coins ensure harmony as well.
• Always move into a new house on a Wednesday or Saturday.
• If you move to a new home one day before the new moon, you will never go hungry.
• The first things one should carry into a new home n moving day are rice and salt.
• When moving into a new home, scatter coins in the living room so prosperity will reign.
• If you wish to rid your home of unwanted visitors, secretly sprinkle salt around the house and they will soon depart.
• All windows in a house should be opened on New Year’s Day to invite God’s blessings.

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Weddings

• If you give your girlfriend a handkerchief as a gift, it will make her cry.

• Engaged couples should not exchange pointed or sharp objects as
gifts, or this would lead to a broken engagement.
• When a star appears near a half-moon, it is a sign that young couples are eloping.
• The bride should not try on her wedding dress before the wedding or the wedding may not push through.
• The groom should arrive at the church before the bride, to invite good luck.
• The groom who sits down ahead of his bride during their wedding ceremony will be a henpecked husband.
• During the wedding ceremony, the bride must step on her husband’s foot so that both of them will agree on things that they will undertake, and that her husband will not be cruel to her.
• Throwing rice at the newly-wed couple will bring them prosperity in life.
• Breaking something during the wedding reception brings good luck to the
newly-wed couple.
• Upon entering their new home, the couple should go up the stairs alongside
each other so that neither one will dominate the other.
• Two siblings should not be married within the same year. If this happens, the sibling, who marries later in the year, should use the backstairs of the church on the day of the wedding.
• An unwed girl who follows the footprints of a newly-wed couple will soon marry.

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Money

• A person who breaks an egg and finds two yolks inside will be rich.
• A white butterfly is a sign of impending wealth.
• A small anthill under the house is a sign of good fortune.
• A house frequented by black ants means that its owner will be rich.
• As soon as you see a shooting star, wrap some money in a corner of your handkerchief and play any game of chance, for you are surely going to win.
• If your palm itches, it means you will receive a lot of money.
• After you dress up and you immediately discover that you wore your dress inside-out, it means that you are going to receive money shortly.
• Always keep a coin or money bills inside your bag or suitcase. If you don’t spend it, it means you will have money for the whole year.
• If you find a coin on the road, put it in your purse or pocket. If you never use it, you will never be short of money.
• Give a generous discount to the day’s first customer, so that your sales for the day will increase.

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During Meals

• If a spoon falls during a meal, you will have a female visitor. If it is a fork, a male visitor, while if it is a teaspoon, it will be a child.
• A woman who switches seats many times during a meal will have many suitors.
• If you eat too much onions, you will become a playboy or playgirl.
• If you choke or coughs briefly at mealtime, someone remembers you, or is talking about you. To find out who that person could be, immediately ask for any number from the people who are eating with you. The number that will match a letter in the alphabet will be the first letter of the person’s name who knows you and is the one who might have remembered you.
• It is good to use plates when serving food to your guests. The grace of your guests will remain on the plates and be a blessing to your family.
• When a stranger or a distant relative arrives in your home, serve him water first so that he brings you only good news.
• When dining in the home of strangers, always eat food from the center of the plate.
* A person who habitually sits at the head of the table during meals will never
marry.
* Removing plates from the table while an unmarried woman is still eating
will keep her single all her life.

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