People from the Philippines, especially those living in the provinces are said to be superstitious.
Filipino superstitions are beliefs wherein an individual has to do something to avoid bad from happening or to attract something good. There are hundreds of different types of superstitions, mostly derived from pagan undertones with a combination of Catholicism traditions.
I was recently on a trip to Anda Bohol, and while I was there, I decided to make an interview based on superstitions that people still live with. Please see the full video below. We covered superstitions such as:
- Saying “tabi tabi tabi”
- Buyag (in Bisaya), Usog (in Tagalog)
- Touching back
- Leaving salt by the door
- Sleeping on your back
- Leaving the lunch table/ dinner table before someone finishes eating
- Vudu in fruits and plants
- Insulting or cutting old trees
- Asking permission before entering caves
- Bringing extra food when visiting the cemetery
Below is the full video:
Most Filipinos nowadays don’t fully adhere to these superstitions, but some still follow it as they believe that there is there no harm in attempting or doing it. There are many superstitious beliefs which are still being followed by the later generations, such as:
Illness and Death:
- When a butterfly is lingering a sign that one of your loved ones has died.
- A wound will take a long time to heal if it was given to you by a person with black magic.
- Don’t form groups of 3 or thirteen because one among you’ll die.
- It is said which the soul of the returns on the 5th, 3rd and days after death.
- A spider which lands you is an omen that someone near you will die.
- A widow that caresses her husband’s face that is dead is sure to remarry.
- The child will die when a tree that was planted at the same time a kid was born dies.
- Give away your black clothes following 1 year of mourning in order to prevent another departure in the family.
Love and Marriage:
- In case you give your girlfriend a handkerchief as a present it’ll make her cry.
- When a star appears close to a half-moon it’s an indication that young couples are eloping.
- The groom must arrive in the church prior to the bride to prevent misfortune.
- The groom who sits in front of his bride is going to be a henpecked husband.
- If it rains throughout the wedding the couple may have many crybabies.
- Throwing rice in the newlyweds is going to bring them prosperity all of their life.
- Breaking something throughout the wedding reception brings great luck to the newlyweds.
- An individual who usually sit at the head table during meals won’t ever marry.
- Women who’ve moles under their eyes right where of the tears fall is going to be widowed.
- A married woman, that wears a pearl ring, is going to make your husband to commit adultery.
Money and Wealth:
- A home frequented by black ants implies that its owner will be rich.
- Anybody who pays his debts at right during the night will become poor.
- A little anthill under the home is an indication of good fortune.
- A white butterfly is an indication of impending wealth.
- In case your palm itches, it means you’ll soon receive a ton of cash.
- Always keep a coin in your suitcase or bag.
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