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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2013, 07:39:22 pm »
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I've heard a lot of these, too. But then, my family is Appalachian, so... ;)

 
Goodness knows, if you're from Appalachia, you've had folklore galore fed to you all your life too ;) I love it. Nothing beats granny wisdom.
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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2013, 08:53:17 pm »
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What were some superstitions or folk practices you remember from growing up? For example, I was always told that if my palms itched it meant money was coming to me. For some reason, I turned this into my right palm itching when money is coming to me and my left palm itching when I was about to have to pay a big bill.

Hasn't failed me yet and generally occurs within a 3-4 day window.

Another one; never put your purse on the floor or you'll always be broke.

On another note; always have your money facing the same way in your wallet.

Never cut your hair during the new moon.

Always sweep from the back of the house to the front. (or in this case vacuum. My mother would twitch something fierce if I started anywhere but the very back room.)

I have NO explanation for any of these but some of them I still do subconsciously (the sweeping from the back to the front and never putting my purse on the floor.) What are some of yours?

What are some of yours?

 
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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2013, 09:47:39 pm »
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I dated a Korean guy for four years and for the longest time he refused to sleep with the door closed if the ceiling fan was on because #fandeath. That was something that was just passed down to him and I guess I'd count it as folk wisdom of some sort.

Yup, my halmoni believes in that as well, and will also freak out if someone whistles at night (I think it's said to attract evil spirits).

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How does she keep the little boogers quiet so she can sleep? I've heard of cricket cages before...do they keep them quiet? I go nuts when we only have one chirping behind the couch at night. More than that and I'd be homicidal :)

Caging them does not seem to discourage them from chirping. She keeps hers in a terrarium, and the glass does nothing to deafen the noise. This doesn't bother her, as she finds it to be very soothing-- though I do find it drives me a bit crazy when I go over there, in the first couple hours before my brain manages to tune them out...
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Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2013, 02:08:06 am »
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What were some superstitions or folk practices you remember from growing up?

I remember a lot of the ones that have been mentioned already.  Also: if you drop a knife, a man is coming to visit.  Always whistle when passing a graveyard.  Never put a hat on a bed. (I have no idea why, other than the obvious possibility of sitting or lying on it and crushing it.)

And I have several that are specific to theater.  My favorite of those is that it's bad luck to whistle inside a theater.  But the reason for that one is that a lot of theaters used to hire sailors as riggers (technicians who hang the flying scenery) and flymen (technicians who operate the fly system), because fly systems used to all be rigged with hemp rope, and sailors were already experienced with rope and knots from ship rigging.  On ships, sailors used whistle signals to relay orders about raising and lowering the sails. So, if you whistled in a theater, you might inadvertently signal a technician to drop a piece of scenery, possibly injuring or even killing someone.
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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2013, 02:48:37 am »
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This one is local, and not from my childhood (I'm a newbie to my current locale - only lived here 8 years).

I got a drop of something in my throat and started coughing. The woman next to me immediately said, "someone is envying you!"
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« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2013, 09:48:27 am »
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And I have several that are specific to theater.  My favorite of those is that it's bad luck to whistle inside a theater.  But the reason for that one is that a lot of theaters used to hire sailors as riggers (technicians who hang the flying scenery) and flymen (technicians who operate the fly system), because fly systems used to all be rigged with hemp rope, and sailors were already experienced with rope and knots from ship rigging.  On ships, sailors used whistle signals to relay orders about raising and lowering the sails. So, if you whistled in a theater, you might inadvertently signal a technician to drop a piece of scenery, possibly injuring or even killing someone.

 
This is one I actually knew! :)
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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2013, 10:19:37 am »
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If your nose itches, money is about to come.


 
See the one I know is if you're nose itches, you'll have an argument

Also if a cat washing it's ears, it will rain soon.
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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2013, 11:18:48 am »
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What were some superstitions or folk practices you remember from growing up?


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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #23 on: October 18, 2013, 12:11:56 pm »
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What were some superstitions or folk practices you remember from growing up? For example, I was always told that if my palms itched it meant money was coming to me. For some reason, I turned this into my right palm itching when money is coming to me and my left palm itching when I was about to have to pay a big bill.

Hasn't failed me yet and generally occurs within a 3-4 day window.

Another one; never put your purse on the floor or you'll always be broke.

On another note; always have your money facing the same way in your wallet.

Never cut your hair during the new moon.

Always sweep from the back of the house to the front. (or in this case vacuum. My mother would twitch something fierce if I started anywhere but the very back room.)

I have NO explanation for any of these but some of them I still do subconsciously (the sweeping from the back to the front and never putting my purse on the floor.) What are some of yours?

What are some of yours?

 
If a black cat crosses your path you will get good luck, but if it follows you home you will get bad luck.

Breaking a mirror means 7 years bad luck.

The usual shoes on the table, opening an umbrella inside etc. Those ones are actually fairly practical.

A more local one - when you cross the fairy bridge you must say hello to the fairies or they will send you bad luck. That's a Manx one for you. Another one would be the sea mist being referred to as manannans cloak, which shrouds the island to protect it from invaders.

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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #24 on: October 18, 2013, 12:39:28 pm »
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What were some superstitions or folk practices you remember from growing up?

 
My Gram used to do a weird thing. You know how two people will make a wish, then break a wishbone from a turkey? Well, she would keep the wishbone for a year before she'd let us make our wishes and break them. So every thanksgiving, we would wish on last year's bone, and the fresh bone would go on a ledge in the kitchen to be saved for next year.

I never did find out why. Has anyone ever heard of this before?

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« Reply #25 on: October 18, 2013, 12:45:33 pm »
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I never did find out why. Has anyone ever heard of this before?


Huh, no idea, but for some reason it does resonate with me.
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« Reply #26 on: October 18, 2013, 01:25:36 pm »
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My Gram used to do a weird thing. You know how two people will make a wish, then break a wishbone from a turkey? Well, she would keep the wishbone for a year before she'd let us make our wishes and break them. So every thanksgiving, we would wish on last year's bone, and the fresh bone would go on a ledge in the kitchen to be saved for next year.

I never did find out why. Has anyone ever heard of this before?

 
My grandmother did that, but she always said that fully dried wishbones broke better. *shrugs*
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« Reply #27 on: October 18, 2013, 01:33:50 pm »
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My grandmother did that, but she always said that fully dried wishbones broke better. *shrugs*


It kinda makes sense to me in a way of: keeping a piece of last year's bounty till the new 'harvest' is done, or something like that.
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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #28 on: October 18, 2013, 01:39:56 pm »
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If your shoelaces refuse to stay tied, something bad is going to happen and your shoes are trying to keep you away from it.

 
The Filipin@ side of my family has a thing about, if you've already left the house--like on a trip or on your way to work--and you forgot something--like your toothbrush, things like that--you DO NOT turn around and go back for it or it's bad luck.  There's a family story about them leaving for a trip and going back for a pair of shoes my grandmother forgot to pack, and my great-grandmother saying DON'T DO IT, DOOOOOM and then they got into a horrible car accident and everyone almost died.  So everyone's like, screw it, just buy a new toothbrush when you get there.

There's also a thing about carrying garlic or rubbing yourself with garlic, especially if you're going into wild places, so the spirits won't harm you.
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« Reply #29 on: October 18, 2013, 01:43:01 pm »
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There's also a thing about carrying garlic or rubbing yourself with garlic, especially if you're going into wild places, so the spirits won't harm you.


I bet, if one rubs in garlic, it will not only be the spirits that'll stay away. ;)
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That’s what people never really understood.….Things had to balance.
You couldn’t set out to be a good witch or a bad witch. It never worked out for long.
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