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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #30 on: October 18, 2013, 01:46:47 pm »
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My grandmother did that, but she always said that fully dried wishbones broke better. *shrugs*

 
That was my grandma's reason too :)

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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #31 on: October 18, 2013, 02:02:29 pm »
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What are some of yours?

 
The only two I can remember really sticking to me were kind of a combination of "bad thing will happen" and "it's considered rude", and those two were don't open your umbrella fully indoors, and don't walk under ladders.

I think I remember hearing "throw salt over your left shoulder if you spill salt" from an aunt or two, although I don't think my mom took it all that seriously; she'd laugh and throw salt over both shoulders, and jokingly do the same if it happened with the pepper shaker. Then again, she'd still do it most of the time if she spilled salt.

I don't remember if my strong inclination to NOT step over graves was from my family.
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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #32 on: October 18, 2013, 02:13:45 pm »
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I bet, if one rubs in garlic, it will not only be the spirits that'll stay away. ;)

 
I talked to another Filipino whose family had the same superstition, and said it was specifically so the spirits wouldn't steal your genitals, especially if you were going to the bathroom in the woods.  It's a complicated world!
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Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #33 on: October 18, 2013, 02:37:57 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 Gram did this too (I also called her Gram), but I don't remember her ever giving a reason. I always assumed it was just to dry out the bone so it would break better.
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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #34 on: October 18, 2013, 04:13:10 pm »
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My Gram did this too (I also called her Gram), but I don't remember her ever giving a reason. I always assumed it was just to dry out the bone so it would break better.

 
That does makes sense. I wonder why she never said that. She implied that the fresh ones were bad luck in some way. But again, she never came right out and said it.

Oh well, I often wonder about some of the things she said and did. Sometimes, I think they were things her mother did and she never knew exactly why, but she kept doing them because they were a tradition, or something.

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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #35 on: October 18, 2013, 04:17:34 pm »
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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.

 
Which is an interesting idea.

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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #36 on: October 18, 2013, 08:15:31 pm »
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 Always whistle when passing a graveyard.

 
In my childhood, it was always hold your breath when passing a graveyard, lest death follow you home.
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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #37 on: October 19, 2013, 06:33:55 am »
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In my childhood, it was always hold your breath when passing a graveyard, lest death follow you home.


You know what?
Nobody ever told me this, I can't remember hearing it anywhen in my childhood - still I did it. Funny thing. What I read later was more along the lines of the dead stealing your breath than death following you home.
But to prevent this, you have to close the graveyard gate behind you, while closing it looking at the entrance not turning your back until it is closed. ;)
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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #38 on: October 19, 2013, 06:55:57 am »
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You know what?
Nobody ever told me this, I can't remember hearing it anywhen in my childhood - still I did it. Funny thing. What I read later was more along the lines of the dead stealing your breath than death following you home.
But to prevent this, you have to close the graveyard gate behind you, while closing it looking at the entrance not turning your back until it is closed. ;)

 
I've heard something similar - walk backwards out of the graveyard, keeping it in your sight until you've closed the gate.

These days I give an offering to the gatekeeper spirits when I leave a graveyard. Sometimes I still walk out backwards though!
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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #39 on: October 19, 2013, 02:35:48 pm »
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You know what?
Nobody ever told me this, I can't remember hearing it anywhen in my childhood - still I did it. Funny thing.

 
Oddly enough, I can't remember anyone actually telling me this either.  I just recall that it was a thing that we always did where I lived.
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« Reply #40 on: October 19, 2013, 02:38:45 pm »
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What are some of yours?

Dutch folk wisdom holds that spilling salt means you're going to have a fight. Spilling sugar means there are visitors coming.

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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #41 on: October 19, 2013, 04:31:09 pm »
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Oddly enough, I can't remember anyone actually telling me this either.  


Spooky! ;)
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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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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #42 on: October 19, 2013, 04:57:26 pm »
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Spooky! ;)

 
Story of my life. :whis:
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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #43 on: November 13, 2013, 03:32:13 am »
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What are some of yours?

 
Ones I follow:
Wishing on found eyelashes.
Wishing on shooting stars (although I haven't seen one in a long time).
Find a penny, pick it up, all day long you'll have good luck.

Ones I heard as a child but don't necessarily follow:
Palms itching = money coming your way.
Ears ringing = someone talking about you.

I'm sure there's more, but that's all I can think of off the top of my head.

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Re: Folk Wisdom from Your Childhood
« Reply #44 on: November 13, 2013, 09:42:54 am »
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What are some of yours?

 
I remember the itching palm thing w/r/t money coming. It still comes to mind anytime I do have a palm itch, but mostly just acknowledging the memory, without having belief in it.

 We also had, in my household, a thing about dropping silverware. Even my grandparents did that one. If you dropped a utensil, you should expect company. We were taught that it was a man if a fork, and a woman if a spoon (and could be either, if a knife). I think that might be the one that I actually internalized, because if I drop silverware* I do start looking for a visitor.

* Incidentally, I dropped a fork the other day, and it was heavy enough that a tine embedded into the knuckle of my toe. All I was thinking at that time though was "Oh no" followed by "OMG OW!" I did not receive any visitors, for the record. :o

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