Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Superstitions Or Super Stupid

We've all heard of superstitions before, but what triggers the existence of a superstition? Where do all of these beliefs come from, and is it actually true? Well we can start off by breaking apart the word; superstition. 

A superstition is any belief based on myths, traditions, tales, or irrational thoughts. Since superstitions are passed through oral tradition, there's no exact pinpoint on its origin. Superstitions usually involves animals, inanimate objects, spiritual beings, and even people. Superstitions are like rumors, they start out as facts, but becomes exaggerated over the years. So what makes people believe in them? Well part of it is through religious beliefs. Superstitions have become part of one's culture and religion, therefore there are various superstitions around the world. From Western superstitions to Eastern superstitions, everyone believes different because of their culture. 

In my opinion, I don't believe in superstitions. I find them rather silly, false, and don't really care for them. However, in my family, my father's side is very superstitious. It gets to the point where they actually sound silly. For instance, the number 3 is bad luck. So when you take a picture, there can't be 3 people. But what if the family consists of 3 people? Or, you're not supposed to comment on how the newborn baby cries a lot to the mother because it'll grow up crying endlessly. Superstitions play a big factor in culture and has the power to control how one thinks. Its just a part of belief and culture. What do you guys think?

Here are some popular Southeast Asian superstitions: 

- do not sleep in a big bed with unused pillows
- do not point at the moon 
- do not whistle in the dark
- if you hear your name being called and can't find where its coming from, do not answer
- do not leave your sticky rice container open
- do not lie down after eating
- keeping knives under your bed at night will keep bad dreams and scary spirits away 


  1. I'm definitely ok with the idea of not answering when your name is called and you can't figure out where it's coming from. Seems legit to me.

  2. Have you ever seen The Conjuring?! DON'T WHISTLE IN THE DARK! haha!

  3. Superstitions are in all our cultures but it's up to the person if they want to believe in it, or ignore it. I've learned that they are hardly believable, but they are fun to believe in.