Myths & Folklore That You Have Come Across

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Have you ever heard of any myths and folklore? Do share.
@zed_k4 (17633)
Singapore
April 24, 2008 9:40pm CST
Dear Friends, What are some of myths and folklore that you have come across before; be it in your society or someone practicing it? It doesn't have to be something which you believe in. These are some that I've heard and come across before: (doesn't have to be that I believe in.) 1) If you are being*pooped* by bird droppings or your vehicles got filled with those, it means that you have a mini fortune or more coming. 2) Dreaming of water in bulk; be it at sea or any forms of water means your fortune is coming. 3) Someone practicing black magic has to wear black all the time. 4) If a cat crosses a dead body, the "dead" will come to life. 5) Dogs and cats could see "ghosts". 6) Lady that dies a horrid death will come back to "haunt" her tormentors; especially if she dies being pregnant. 7) If a lady especially dreams of being bitten by snake, it means that someone will be asking for her hand in marriage. 8) It is good for a pregnant lady to be carrying "sharp objects" lest her "baby" is in danger at the hands of "wandering spirits". 9) If you want to see the real "ghost", face the mirror, shave all your eyebrows clean and stare at the mirror at 12 AM sharp, and the "thing" will show itself. (yikes!) 10) Ghosts etc are scared of garlic, vinegar, salt and other spicy sharp ingredients. 11) Tupac isn't dead yet? Share your thoughts, dear friends. This is an open discussion. No one will be rated negative. Have a nice day and take care of yourself always.
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@rhettaa (215)
• United States
25 Apr 08
In the South and maybe elsewhere in America, a blue door is supposed to stop spirits from entering your house. People used to put a knife under the bed to cut labor pain. It was believed in my grandmother's day that a woman could "mark" her baby by something she saw before it was born, like a frog or some sort of animal, and the child would bear some sort of mark of that animal.
@rhettaa (215)
• United States
25 Apr 08
I forgot an important one. I admit, I do this. My mother taught me that if you were walking with a friend, and you came to an obstacle and one went around it one way and one the other, you had to say "Bread and butter," or you and your friend would have a fight. To this day, if my husband and I go around cars or trees or anything from different directions, I say "bread and butter." Now he does too:)
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• United States
26 Apr 08
I know the 'bread and butter' one, too! You are the first person in YEARS that I have heard that from. My husband thinks I am silly, so I just think it!
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
6 May 08
Hello there rhettaa. I apologized for the very late reply on your discussion answer here. I must say that this is the first time that I'm reading about most of these myths you have mentioned and I totally respect all beliefs and myths though they are true or not. I would like to highlight though that the one which you said on pregnant women having a mark on her baby is kind of similar to myths and folklore in my community. I think it is the same theory there and that's the only one which I'm familiar with. Have a great day ahead of you and take care, my friend.
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• United States
25 Apr 08
lemme think.. my grandmother had a few. crows on the roof means somebody's going to die cover a mirror if someone's dying in the house so their soul doesn't get trapped in it spill salt,throw it over your shoulder if most of the cows in the field are sitting,it's going to rain.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
25 Apr 08
Wow!! These are new ones that I've come across. Thanks for sharing, my friend.
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• United States
25 Apr 08
you're welcome.the crows is interchangeable with ravens,i've heard both versions.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
26 Apr 08
Wow, another new thing here I learned. So it's due to the weather, hmmmmmm.
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@Jemina (5784)
25 Apr 08
Well, more or less we got the same myths or superstitions you mentioned in my country. Let me try to remember some. 1. If you dream of a poop, you will receive some money. 2. But if you dream you were picking money, you will spend some instead. 3. Don't dust off the house at night or you will be driving away blessings. 4. If you admired a baby out loud, s/he might get a bad spell (usog) and the mother will ask you to put your wet your thumb with your tongue and touch the baby's foot with it. There are so many more but I will give the chance to other Filipino posters here.
@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
25 Apr 08
There are lots of Filipino myths that I just find out from you and the rest. Thanks so much for sharing these with me, I truly appreciate it.
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@Jemina (5784)
26 Apr 08
You're welcome and thanks for asking too. It's nice to share our cultures and find out our commonalities and differences.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
6 May 08
I love learning about different cultures and others' beliefs as well because I surely think that the world will be a better place to be at if everyone is tolerant towards one another. Sorry for the extremely late reply on this. Have a good time posting.
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@kalav56 (11503)
• India
25 Apr 08
Here are some that I have heard of. If a crow caws incessantly sitting onthe threshold or backyard of your house, you can expect a guest. If , by mistake, a cup of rice turns topsy or a cup of coffee/milk is spilt you will get a guest. If your right eye throbs then some bad luck would befall you. if your left eye throbs then some good fortune would come to you. A squint eyed person is supposed to be have luck in his life.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
26 Apr 08
Thanks for your input on this. I have really learned a lot of new myths and folklore thanks to you guys...;)
• Trinidad And Tobago
4 May 08
I've heard about the eye throbbing. Here they says that if the right eye throbs it's rain and if the left eye throbs something bad will happen. I do hope your variation is true though in terms of the left eye throbbing. Just last week mine kept throbbing me on and off for 3 days in a row! And it was my left!
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
6 May 08
I've heard about eye throbbing as well but it's more to your eyes twitching because you are going to get a bad luck and if the other eyes twitch then it means somebody is thinking of you. However, I'm not sure whether this myth is true and which eye is for which. LOL. Have a nice day and take care.
@rev1wendy (613)
• United States
26 Apr 08
1) itchy left palm = money's coming 2) itchy right palm = you are going to shake hands with or meet a stranger 3) itchy nose = kiss a fool 4) ringing in you left ear = someone talking bad about you 5) ringing in right ear = someone talking good about you 6) if you spill salt, toss a pinch over your right shoulder for good luck 7) children under 3 years old can see ghosts and spirits 8) hang a horseshoe points up to catch good luck 9) lay on your right side for good dreams, lay on your left for bad dreams and 10) believing in superstitions is bad luck
@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
6 May 08
WOW!! These are all great pointers. I'm glad to be learning about them all. The salt thing is also something very familiar in my culture. Thanks for sharing these myths with me.
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@winterose (39931)
• Canada
25 Apr 08
Hi sweetie there is some real good ones there. here are a few If you break a mirror it is seven years bad luck, It is bad luck to own a black cat, or if a black cat crosses your path it is bad luck. bad luck to put shoes on the table, or open an umbrella in the house.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
26 Apr 08
Those are really good ones there, thanks sweet..."_)
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@jayalaksmi (1041)
• India
3 May 08
Well great you have collected great points and i also have come accross these points. I can also give some of my points and they are 1 If a cat crosses your way then something bad is going to happen 2 If you sit in a pillow then you may lose some of your money. 3 If you see green chameleon then you are going to die, etc There are many more such things which i come accross my daily life and no one knows where they came from and i feel they are just the products of our ancients' rumours.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
6 May 08
I like the word ancient rumors a lot, my dear friend and it's great that you are able to share some of them here. Enjoy posting and take care always. :)-
@jer31558 (3684)
• United States
28 Apr 08
I have heard that walking across a grave is bad luck, early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise. If you eat and apple a day it will keep the doctor away If you dig a hole on the full moon and fill it back in, there will be too much dirt, if you do the same on the new moon there will not be enough dirt to fill it.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
30 Apr 08
These are new myths that I've learned from you, except for the apple a day part. Thanks, jer. I appreciate your input on this.
@julyteen (13261)
• Davao, Philippines
28 Apr 08
the myth the we have and can add to the list is. when spoon is falling meaning you have a boy/male visitor but when fork will falling down it means the upcoming visitor are girls. i don't believe because those are only superstitious belief without scientific evidence.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
30 Apr 08
Strange myths there, but it makes me smile. Thanks for responding to this. I appreciate it very much, julyteen. :)-
@littleone3 (2065)
27 Apr 08
My late mother-in-law use to say if you sneezed three times and someone said "bless you" that you should always say thank you and clap three times otherwise a fairy would die. My late nan always said that you should never put a baby in green as it was unlucky. She would also say it was unlucky to cut your toenails on a friday. And another one i heard was that it is unlucky to put a pair of shoes on a table. There is also lots of streets around my town that have no number thriteen as it is thought very unlucky.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
28 Apr 08
The toenails thing is something that I'm familiar with as well. The others are new to me. Thanks for sharing, littleone3. :)
@wickedangel (1639)
• Dominican Republic
27 Apr 08
Gosh I'm trying to remember all our supersitions. I know that it is bad luck to walk under a ladder (other than something might fall on your head). Breaking a mirror will give you 7 yrs bad luck, that is because hundreds of years ago it would generally cost an average person 7 years worth of salary before they could afford to buy another one! Black cat crossing your path (I think it is from left to right) will bring you bad luck. If you find a four leaf clover then you get good luck. If you find the end of the rainbow then you will find the leprachaun's treasure. It is good luck if a bird 'poops' on your head. Don't think that is true but it does bring out the laughter in your friends! I know, it has happened to me and it is the ONLY time you don't have any tissues on you.... tee hee. Well that is a few to go one with. Thanks for sharing these thoughts with us!
@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
28 Apr 08
Thanks for sharing all these with me in this discussion. I have a really good time reading them and most are new terms to me. But the "poop" really would make our friends laugh, ha! Thanks dearie you have a sweet day.
• United States
27 Apr 08
I knew about the birds and god luck.nd I have seen my sister's cat see a ghost. She has had cats die and her living ones seem at times to look out at something but we don't know what.And they seem to run around like they are being chased. I think it is a cat that has come back to play with the living cat.I hope # 6 is true. I love a great revenge story.
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
28 Apr 08
I have heard lots of stories on the #6. Thanks for posting, sweetie..
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• Regina, Saskatchewan
26 Apr 08
I was adopted. My mother told me that unwanted babies are left under the leaves of cabbages and that's where she found me. Some years later Cabbage Patch Dolls made a big splash in the marketplace and I freaked. I stole all my girlfriends dolls because I was sure they were my relatives! To this day I don't like to look at cabbage, grow cabbage or eat cabbage. Oh - and I don't play with dolls either! LOL
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
6 May 08
Hello there sparkofinsanity. Sorry for the late reply here to your post. Thanks for sharing your story there and I think being adopted is certainly cool as well and I'm sure your mom loves you as much as though you are from her own. I've certainly never heard of the myth you mentioned and I'm pretty surprised to find out that you were found under the leaves of cabbages. If you don't mind, whereabouts are you from?? No wonder Cabbage Patch Dolls would deem to scare you. I could see that, but I won't poke fun at it, because I wouldn't want you to think that I'm making fun of it. So I'm going to give you a smile of encouragement here and tell you that no doll nor no cabbage are going to ever take you away from your love ones. Happy posting to you and take care, my dear friend.
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@LouRhi (1502)
• Australia
25 Apr 08
Great discussion! I have heard of the bird dropping being good luck but that is about it from your list. Some of them make a lot of sense however I think I will take your word for number 9 and seeing the real ghost! Right now I can't think of any to share (despite there being hundreds that I am sure I do believe in when I hear them!)
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@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
25 Apr 08
Thanks so much, Lourhi for responding. Please don't try the number 9 for I'm not sure what would happen really, blimey! . Take care and have a nice day. ;)
@surfette (674)
• United States
25 Apr 08
This is a very good question. These are the myths and folklore that I think about. I would like to believe that aliens do walk among us. Our universe is so humongous, that I have a hard time believing that we are the only creations. I want both Big Foot and the Loch Ness Monster to be real. I still would like to think that there are mysteries in our world that we haven't solved yet. Lost continent of Atlantis. I would like it to be found so it could be proven that an advanced society lived there. Of course, I love all the spooky campfire folklore that has been passed down from generation to generation. The "bloody hook" left on the car door and the teen babysitter that picks up the phone to hear the murderer say, "I'm in the house"!
@zed_k4 (17633)
• Singapore
26 Apr 08
I have also been very fascinated with the Loch Ness and Big Foot. Thanks my friend for this info.