Old wives tales in your country

@mayka123 (13425)
India
November 20, 2008 5:42am CST
I think everywhere we get to hear a lot of old wives tales or grandmothers tales as some say. Some of those that I remember hearing from childhood are 1. Dont go swimming immediately after lunch......you will get cramps and drown 2. Dont read in the dark or else you will ruin your eyes 3. Dont go out with wet hair or else you will catch a cold 4. My arthiritis is acting up...that means it is going to rain Do you remember of any of grandmother's tales you were told when you were a child??? Or have you been telling any to your kids/ nieces/ nephews/ grandchildren??
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@balasri (26549)
• India
21 Nov 08
I remember this.Don't eat uncooked rice for it will rain heavily on your wedding day.
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@Sreekala (32780)
• India
24 Nov 08
Hi Balaji, I haven't heard the same, but I heard another, if you eat coconut when grinding (or grating) then it will be heavy rain on your wedding day. Actually it is a trick, you know why, mostly girls and doing these works (to help their mother) and coconut is tasty and there is a chance to eat too much, if so it won't be available for making particular dish or curry (and coconuts are costly too, so there may be a rise in home budget as well). So they just want to prevent from eating the coconut. I would like to add one more thing, I ate the coconut (grinds or grating) and was heavy rain in my wedding but I don't think it is becuase of I ate the same but my wedding was in June (at monsoon time). haha haa
@balasri (26549)
• India
24 Nov 08
But you can never disagree that these tales are as tasty and juicy as coconut grating and add spice to our life.
@mayka123 (13425)
• India
2 Dec 08
I would eat a lot of uncooked rice but it did not rain on my wedding day....I got married in the month of May
@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
20 Nov 08
Hi mayka,yes when I was a kid my father's sister used to tell me lots of stories and I can still sometimes here her voice ringing in my ears..... That I should not leave my hair lose after washing it,but should tie it up losely, during solar and lunar eclipse,we should not eat food,as it will interfere with our digestion, that we should not drink water before and in between meals etc...... But otdays generation has no interest to hear such tales they prefer to watch tV or play computer games........
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@mayka123 (13425)
• India
26 Nov 08
A lot of people still do not eat food during the eclipse and throw out whatever food is there in the house....the beggars have a great time after the eclipse because all food and a pair of clothes is donated to the beggars. Yes nowadays TV is given more importance than anything else.
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@Roseo8 (2947)
• India
27 Nov 08
Yes that's true Mayka.......
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@phoenix25 (1542)
• United States
20 Nov 08
I got my fair share of wive's tales when I was pregnant. One incident that I can recall was a woman who would not touch my pregnant belly for fear that she would become pregnant. It takes a little more than that... The wive's tales that you've mentioned are silly, but there is some truth behind number 4. My husband has fake knee caps because he shattered them both when he was 7. His knees are kind of arthritic because of the pins in them. They bother him when it's going to rain and this isn't really that far-fetched. It has to do with the pressure change when bad weather is coming. This won't be 100 percent accurate, but people with arthritis might feel a storm coming a lot of the time.
• United States
20 Nov 08
It's the barometric pressure and it can effect the body. I get migraines when it is going to rain or any big weather change.
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@mayka123 (13425)
• India
24 Nov 08
Many of these tales may be fake but a lot many of them have some scientific reason behind them. Some of the things mentioned by the older generation make a lot of sense and should not be ignored.
@samson1967 (7422)
• India
20 Nov 08
Those are facts of life, actually old wife tales will have some meaning in it/them.
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• United States
20 Nov 08
How are those facts of life?
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@mayka123 (13425)
• India
21 Nov 08
It is true that these tales do have some meaning and a lot of this tales have to be believed.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36468)
• United States
20 Nov 08
oh yes, we have alot.i'm always quoteing one to my sons who are grown& they still don't understand them. lol. we weren't allowed to drink milk when we were eating fish, suppose to make u sick. never did understand that one because they served milk at schol w/fish. my son woke uo ill as a hornet one day when he was little. i said what's wrong w/u, did u get up on the wrong side of the bed. he looked at me realmean & holleres i got up on the same side i always do. use to when we'd say our nose was , they'd say somebody is coming w/a hole in their britches, i use to tell my son that & it would make in so mad & he'd say well it's not grandaddy. never did know why he associated that w/dad.
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@mayka123 (13425)
• India
24 Nov 08
My mother still does not let me have milk or any milk products where there is fish cooked for the meal.
@orevro (715)
• Philippines
20 Nov 08
i think from our ancestors based on their experiences and these tales are passed down from generation to generation.. but there's no scientific explanation 1. don't go to sleep when your hair is wet, you might go blind 2. don't cut your nails after 6pm 3. If you sing while cooking, you will marry someone who is really really old 4. Don't sweep the floor during the night because your sweeping the blessings out of the house lol, these are just some..:)
@mayka123 (13425)
• India
21 Nov 08
In my inlaws house they still do not sweep the floor at night. Nails are also not cut at night...
@lazeebee (5466)
• Malaysia
20 Nov 08
Hi Mayka, the one that I remembered the old ladies telling us when we were kids was that we were not to laugh or scream when a strong wind blew, or else our mouths would be crooked or twisted. This was one thing we kids loved to challenge; so can you imagine how we screamed or laughed our heads off each time there was a strong wind!
@mayka123 (13425)
• India
21 Nov 08
I hope your heads have not gone crooked screaming and laughing!!! It is actually funny listening to these old tales now.
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
20 Nov 08
Hi dear sure, we used to listen these kind of stories 1") dont go out after sunset 2) Dont talk much when out in journey, u might lost 3) if its crow on ur wall, uit means guests are expecting etc etc and it was fun Well, i dont but my mother do tell stories to my son, its way to educate them Take care
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@mayka123 (13425)
• India
21 Nov 08
My kids still believe that if a crow sits on our window sill there would be guests coming home....My mother-in-law had been teaching them this.
@Sreekala (32780)
• India
24 Nov 08
Hi dear, I also heard lot of such tales but can't recollect the whole. But the interesting thing is that these tales are spreading in a devotional way so that people may feel some fear and try to obey the same. If you go through the tales and think about the same in an intellectual way you can also understand how the tale meant it. For example, pregnant women are not allowed to step out from the house after sunset, (there is slight darkness outside) if so it will affect their baby badly. But the fact behind is that the creatures, (in village there are many) like snakes and other reptiles are start searching their food at this time and if the pregnant women happened to see the same she may afraid and that way it affects the baby badly. Another one, it is not good to comb your hair at night (when we heard about the same in our regional language we felt that GOD does not like the same). There are plenty of such tales but I can't remember it right now.
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@mayka123 (13425)
• India
3 Dec 08
The tale of pregnant women not coming out in the dark must have been started at a time where there was no electricity. At that time it was dangerous because when one is in an advanced stage of pregnancy you can hardly see what is near your feet. So the danger of tripping and falling was always there.
@ersmommy1 (12596)
• United States
3 Dec 08
I can only remember one. My grandmother used to say if you step over someone instead of around them, you will stunt their growth. At one point I was laying on the living room floor, watching tv. One of my uncles stepped over me to get by. She made him step back over, and then walk around me.
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@riyasam (16570)
• India
25 Nov 08
i think they maybe telling from their experiences.somehow i respect their sayings though i donot completely beleive them.some ridicuolos ones i have heard are girls are not supposed to laugh loudly,girls are not sit cross-legged.................
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@subha12 (18452)
• India
25 Nov 08
Ia m from your country. so there are some old stories that are similar. also there are some that are just different types of stories. in my mother tongue there are fairy tales.
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@sweetie1026 (1723)
• Philippines
23 Nov 08
I do remember these tales that were told by my grandmother and were passed on to us by my mom and some my girls and their cousins still remember. Like we should not wash our hair when we have our period for we might become lunatic. If the cat sleeps at the doorway, there will be guests coming. The presence of many dragonflies flying in circles and stays very low means there will be a flood or it will rain for 9 consecutive days. In a wake, citrus fruits or food is not allowed for it will bring bad luck to the bereaved family and many more....
@Kowgirl (3490)
• United States
20 Nov 08
Well number 1 and number 4 are facts. Even a doctor will tell you not to swim after eating. It may not cause you to drown but it will cause cramps. I can tell you when the weather is changing before it happens. Either rain or cold coming has an effect on my Arthritis. Number 2 may not be so far fetched because the more strain you put on your eyes the more likely you are to damage them. So the only thing I can see that may not be true is wet hair. But then who in their right mind would go out in freezing weather with wet hair?? Most of us have repeated these old wives tales at some time or other. It's just the way we brought up to respect and believe our elders are smarter and should be listened to. Since everyone else has posted the ones I have heard I wont bother to repeat them.
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• Philippines
20 Nov 08
Yes! I always hear those from my grandma before or even to my aunts. It sounds funny though but it runs in the family. But I dont practice those and so my family.
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@James72 (26829)
• Australia
23 Nov 08
We have the same old wives tales in Australia too mayka. Other ones I remember was being told that if I sit on cold concrete then I will get piles; and my Mother used to always tell me that if I made faces at my Sister and the wind changed, then I would be stuck with that face permanently!
@mayka123 (13425)
• India
3 Dec 08
When my daughter would make crooked faces I would tell her that she would get a husband with a crooked face..