Friday, 12 September 2014

All About Superstitious Beliefs

So, I am sitting here thinking about my already loaded weekend and my palm itched. I immediately said to myself "yeah, I am going to get money soon". Then I asked myself "really"? (Yes, I do talk to myself like that sometimes) The money thought has always been the first thought in my head whenever my palm(s) itch. I was told this and some more as a kid and it grew on me. I think it may have actually happened a few times (sheer coincidence) now as an adult and a woman of faith, I know all that was bullcrap. I have learned to lol at how silly some of them are. 

Anyways, as you must have figured out, my itchy palm is the reason for this post because I began to ask myself how many of these superstitious beliefs did I grow up believing and have subconsciously held on to all this while? 
The free dictionary defines Superstition as an irrational belief arising from ignorance or fear.  Abeg, too serious biko, I am not talking about all those deep, scary stuff. I want to talk about the rather silly ones we believed as kids. You know the ones you were sure could spare you some punishments when you did something wrong or the ones that could fetch you some money. A good example is the one where we'd remove 7 eyelashes and throw away to make mother forget about those strokes of cane we were to get. Nope, she never forgot and even when my eye lashes almost became bald, I kept tugging at them with high hopes that she'd  forget. I was a firm believer mhen!

You see, even oyibo have this one.

These are some of the ones I can remember from back then. I knew them, I held onto them and I believed them.
  • Crossing your fingers when you wish on something to be....I still do this out of habit.
  • Of course when your palms itch, money!!!
  • Kill a centipede and you must count all it's legs or you die also. I never went near one, I was bad at maths and I did not want to die.
  • Point at a grave yard and you have to bite all 10 of your fingers or you will die....This was taken seriously because my granny's house was not far from a cemetery back then.
  • I always screamed blood of Jesus whenever I hit my left foot because, bad luck! Hit your right leg, good luck.
  • Do not sweep at night. I don't know why.
  • DO NOT whistle at night!
  • Cobwebs bring poverty.
  • If a person crosses over your legs while you are sitting, you'll have a child just like them. I still feel uncomfortable when anyone crosses over my legs.
  • There was something about cats. Especially black ones.
  • If the bottom of your feet itch, you will make a trip

For me, any palm meant money was coming jor.

 I looked up some other superstitious beliefs on google and found the following
  •  If you blow out all of the candles on your birthday cake with the first breath you will get whatever you wish for.
  • A beginner will always have good luck: beginner's luck.
  •  To refuse a kiss under mistletoe causes bad luck. Only of the kiss was from Idris Elba,
  • A sailor wearing an earring cannot drown. Really? 
  • Animals can talk at midnight on Christmas Eve. buahahahahaaa
  • The wedding veil protects the bride from the evil eye
  •  To make a happy marriage, the bride must wear: something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue.
  • Warm hands, cold heart.
  • Cold hands, warm heart.
  •  If you walk under a ladder, you will have bad luck
  • Of course there is the Friday the 13th story but i don't want to go to the dark side.

I have shared and now it is your turn to. Have you ever heard any of those I mentioned or do you have even sillier ones for me? Kindly share with me so I know I am not the only one who grew up with all those beliefs around.

Do have yourselves a blessed weekend.


  1. Do NOT look at a mirror when it is raining. In fact, cover all mirrors when it rains. I don't know why. Now I want to know. Who can help me with that pls?

    1. It is said that mirrors attract lightening, therefore one was in danger of being struck by lightening.

  2. Don't look at urself in the mirror at night: bad dreams will be waiting... When u loose a tooth, keep it under ur pillow and I'll turn into money the next day!! I always fell for that but never got the money lol!

    1. There must be something about mirrors. We shall investigate.

  3. Hahaha....My mom told us NEVER to place our purse or wallet or bags on the floor cuz that would cause you to go broke.......erhmmmm....I can't even begin to count how many times I have placed my purse on a very expensive coffee table when it had 0.00 inside now I just throw my damn purse anywhere....

  4. Do not pound in an empty mortar, you'll be pounding your dad's leg... Never tried that. Love my dada too much!

  5. Do not open your umbrella in the room, or else it will rain on your wedding day

  6. Sometimes they work. Don't open ur umbrella in the room..or it will rain on ur wedding day

    1. Some people believe rain on your wedding day is good luck.

    2. Some people believe rain on your wedding day is good luck.


  7. cover the mirror when it rains

  8. Lol....yall av really had kwazy experiences...most of which av heard grandma said if I pound in an empty mortar...den am elongatin d head of my also said if I eat my reducin d height of my child...neva tried any coz ah luv tall and cute shildrens...Aunty Vivi..m sendin my bank manager to ur crib to cum get outta ur money*winks*.

    1. I couldn't help but imagine the elongated head. lol!
      My palms are still itching so my money cometh soon. I will send for your manager soon.

  9. Lol. Is it really ignorance or you just don't want wahala. You know it's bullshit ehn but if any of it happens u remember what people say. For example if I hit my left leg I will still call Blood of Jesus automatically Just in case.
    That umbrella one better not be true oh. Hehehe.

  10. Sissy mi, I still do that oh, but i think it is out of habit than actually believing something bad would happen to me.

  11. Hahahhahhahah, some of these beliefs are hilarious. I am superstitious, but, to an extent. When I was younger, I was told that having an itchy left palm brings money. Being a curious person, I decided to experiment. I remember not relieving the itch - still no money! Next time it happened, I relieved the itch, but, something.

  12. Lol! looks like we all have the itchy palms and money in common!

  13. @Vira and Y.T ehmmm... Can I send my account number? You ladies seem to be expecting a tonne of cash in the not so distant future oh. :)

    Okay there is one really ghen ghen one in My Family abi na my village sef. You guys know what Re-incarnation means to the Igbo man nah ba? Well I have a cousin who we believe re-incarnated from the same person as me. Now if he dies, i am NOT allowed to go to his funeral, or else I will die too. Mehn that shit is crazy oooo, and me dont plan to go the Funeral in the future sef oh! Hello Vira, Warm Warm Warm Blog.. I like it here :)

    1. Thanks Duru....You presence adds to the warmth here.
      Ehen, this your own is very ghen ghen oh. Pls don't even go to visit when he is sick biko. Happu ya like that. Onigo?