Filipino Beliefs and Terms

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Filipino Beliefs and Terms

  • 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 so he

does not meet an accident.

  • The table should not be cleared while an unmarried woman is still eating because she might end up as an old maid.
  • If a fork is dropped, a male visitor will be coming; if it is a spoon, the coming 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 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 in the family. You must bite wood immediately after you wake up to negate the premonition.
  • Do not sweep your floor at night or else you are sweeping your luck out of the house.
  • Resting the chin on the hand will drive 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. It is said to be 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 easilly.
  • Do not cut your nails at night. your fingers will become ugly.
  • Don't cut your hair at evening or else you will suffer headaches and become bald.
  • Don't try to clean your ears at night. It is said to be bad luck because you may become deaf.


[1] "filipinoheritage" 2003 (accessed on August 22,2007)

See also

Indigenous Philippine Folk Religions



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