Filipino Beliefs and Terms
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Superstitious beliefs and practices are observed throughout the Philippines. The following are some of them:
- Pregnant women should not eat black food like adobong pusit or dinuguan lest their babies have dark skin.
- If a visitor has to leave while others are still eating, the plates should be turned over so they do not meet an accident.
- The table should not be cleared while an unmarried woman is still eating; otherwise, she will end up as an old maid.
- If a fork is dropped, a male visitor will be coming; if it is a spoon, the visitor is a female.
- If a pregnant woman eats twin bananas, she will have twin children.
- As the New Year is welcomed, rice and salt containers should be full to ensure a prosperous year.
- A single woman should not sing in front of the stove or else she might never marry.
- A woman who sheds tears while peeling an onion will not get along well with her in-laws.
- A "happy" crackling fire in a wood stove means someone close will come for a visit.
- If you dream that your tooth (or teeth) fell out, it means a death will occur in the family. You must bite wood immediately after you wake up to negate the premonition.
- Sweeping your floor at night means sweeping your good luck out of the house.
- Resting your chin on your hand will drive your fortune away.
- If you have been to a wake or a funeral, you must wash your hands in water heated with herbs or pass your hands through steam before you can touch a baby or a child. Traditionally, children are vulnerable not only physically but psychically. This practice is to prevent the taint of death from touching them and making them sick.
- Storekeepers do not usually sell garlic, ginger or salt after evening falls. Doing so brings bad luck. Do
- not praise a baby, especially how well it looks. It might get sick.
- Do not stay in the doorway if there is a pregnant woman in the house. She will have a difficult delivery. • Do not sleep with your feet facing the door or the ghosts will get you easily.
- Do not cut your nails at night. Your fingers will become ugly.
- Don't cut your hair in the evening or else you will suffer headaches and become bald.
- Don't clean your ears at night or else you will become deaf.
 "filipinoheritage" 2003 (accessed on August 22,2007)
Indigenous Philippine Folk Religions==Citation==