Today while I was at the pool, I overheard a couple talking about different superstitions. The girl’s grandma had always told her that wearing a blue ribbon in your hair was bad luck. Out of all the superstitions her grandma had told her, she believed this one because she had pricked herself on a thorn bush while wearing a blue rubber band in her hair.
What if she was wearing a red rubber band? Wouldn’t she just label the accident as a bad event, but not pay any attention? Or perhaps she would rebrand the superstition and tell her grandmother that red rubber bands were actually bad luck.
Either way, it seems that superstitions are created by coincidence and then passed on through generations with ominous warnings.
After all, nobody wants bad luck, right?
Growing up in a Filipino family, I’ve heard a lot of superstitions. My mother has always told me that I should cut my hair during the Full Moon, because it will grow back thicker. (If you look at this one objectively, it actually makes sense. If you cut your hair regularly once a month, then you’re preventing split ends and early breakage). However, she’s also refused to get any “college mom” gear. You know those moms who wear university t-shirts and put stickers on their vans? She’s not one of them. She felt like she would somehow jinx my luck at being accepted to the University, and that I would drop out.
There’s also the saying that wearing polka-dots on New Years will bring you money. And all prosperous relationships must have compatible zodiac signs. And get this! Your blood type can even designate your personality. People with an O type blood are more generous than other blood types. (The idea behind this is that people with type O blood can donate blood to any other type, but can only receive blood from another type O person. People with Type O blood get the short end of the stick.)
I find it very interesting how certain cultures will blend their religious and superstitious views together. The Philippines is considered a “Catholic” country, however many Filipinos will also read Tarot cards or have a Buddha statue in their home.
Not all Filipinos do this, and those who do don’t mean any harm by it, but it’s definitely an interesting mix.
Do you consider yourself superstitious? If so, what kind of things do you believe in and why? If you aren’t superstitious, what do you think of superstitions in general?
To read more about my experiences being half-Filipino, click here.