Is there any funny legends or myths in your culture?

Malaysia
December 26, 2011 1:08pm CST
Well, since we were kids, our parents or family members would teach us about our culture and life which is a process of socialization. Trying to adapt us to a culture. However, every culture has their very own legends and myths which serve particular purpose such as to build moral values or certain behavior to its people. I am a Malaysian Chinese and I must admit that there are several weird or funny legends and myths in my culture. For instance, we must cover our feet with blanket when we sleep so that the witch will not kidnap us. Besides that, we cannot clean the floor during Chinese New Year as it is said that we would sweep away our prosperity. So, have you heard of such myths or legends in your culture? do share with us.
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• United States
27 Dec 11
Well, I come from a mixed background, so there are several stories and legends in my cultures. I would not even know where to start. One that I heard a lot of as a child was Bloody Mary and La Llorona (I think I spelled it right, but I am not so sure), in Spanish it is "The Weeping Woman".
@fsuma86 (364)
• Philippines
27 Dec 11
Hi there! Yes, we do have a lot. As a Filipino kid, it is normal that you don't pissed anywhere without asking for an excuse. Mostly boys, will just pee on a bark of a tree or anywhere so long as you can hide your thing down there. There's also another one that if you know that the place is haunted you also have to say excuse me. I believed in all those when I was young but now just a little. Those things are applicable in the province and I live here in the city. I believe that we just have to be careful at all times. Thanks!
@chandu95 (242)
• India
27 Dec 11
Every culture has some sort of legends or myths related to incidents that happened a long time ago...I was also told stuff like this when i was younger...But when i look back at them,i feel like they are a source of a good laugh for me... Some of those myths do have some explanation..My grandma used to tell me not to keep my head towards north or south saying that it will cause diseases....I thought it did not have any scientific explanation but was surprised to know that it did have an explanation(the magnetic field of earth interacts with our body or something like that..) But my point is these may be kind of funny or maybe unexplainable when you first hear it but then when you try to find out what it means, it yields some meaning..
@ajagogo (153)
• Philippines
27 Dec 11
here in the Philippines there are so many different myth per province. I just remembered when we are a kid, my dad usually put me a garlic necklace so that witches and other bad creature wont come near us;)They also told us that when you saw a witch on front of you, you should attack backward because the witch is actually at your back.
@Triple0 (1907)
• Australia
27 Dec 11
My Mum use to tell me lot of them when I was younger but I forgot all about them! It was something to scare the kids and discipline them through superstition and it worked. Now that I'm much older, I just don't remember them anymore! But many cultures have their own little superstitions which may be true or not true, who knows?! I wonder where the superstition of the tooth fairy came from? I have a few filo friends who have a few superstitions. There was this funny one hat I loved. I was sitting on the train with my filo friend and the seat happened to be warm because someone else sat there. My filo friend said that in her culture, it was believed that if you sit on a warm seat all the warm air will go up into your stomach or something and then you'll need to fart later! After a while when we got off the train, my friend got a small stomach ache. I found that pretty funny and we always use it in our jokes. Some superstitions are pretty funny but somehow it stays with us for life!
@savypat (20248)
• United States
26 Dec 11
The one that first comes to mind for me is that if you spill the salt, you must then take a pinch of salt and throw it over your shoulder. The problem in the USA is that we have so many different cultures it's hard to tell which legends or myths come from where. Kiss a frog and you get warts in one culture or a prince in another. A weather one is red skies in the morning sailors take warning, red skies at night sailors delight. This one may be true in some places but not in the Northwest where I live. Fun discussion