Believe It or Not: Latin Superstitions

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As if worrying about black cats and broken mirrors weren’t enough, you also had mami threaten you with facial distortion if you opened the fridge with a hot head. And if you dared to strike her, forget it! Your hand would hang out of your coffin forever (probably after she was through with you). Caught between belief and skepticism, all you knew for sure was that you were not going to test them out. In the spirit of Halloween and Dia de los Muertos, here are fifteen other superstitions that still haunt us to this day:

1. If you place your purse on the floor, you will lose money.

2. It’s bad luck to have more than one person style your hair at the same time.

3. If you sweep a woman’s feet, she’ll never get married.

4. An upside down broom behind the door will get rid of unwanted visitors.

5. It’s bad luck to decorate your house with seashells.

6. If you give someone knives as a present, your relationship will die.

7. Aunt Flo’s in town? Then you can’t eat bananas (you’ll hemorrhage), perm or wash your hair (you’ll go crazy) or hold a newborn (he’ll get colic).

8. If you sleep with a dog or cat you’ll become infertile.

9. If you cut a child’s hair before he’s one, he’ll never learn to speak.

10. Want more bad luck? Then a hat on your bed should do the trick!

11. If you dream about your teeth falling out while eating, it means someone is going to die. Be careful what your subconscious holds!

12. When you're in a relationship, do not give your man shoes! Because eventually, those are the shoes that he will walk out of your life with.

13. If a child has hiccups, take a string from his mother's clothes and place it on his forehead to cure the ailment!

14. If you hand itches do not scratch it, put it in your pocket. This could mean you have some money coming your way!

15. Always keep a full glass of water on top of the fridge or behind the door, this will help absorb bad spirits and energy in your house.

This list is far from complete, so tell us: What other locuras did you grow up (half) believing?

 

—Dorkys Ramos

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Mariela Rosario,

I'm a raging opinionista and I love to share my ramblings on everything from pop culture to food to stuff that makes me laugh & cry! I've worked in all types of media (TV, film, print) and was previously the online editor at Latina magazine before joining Mamás Latinas. On most nights you can find me working my way through my library of cookbooks or playing with my puppy Lola (my only child so far). I have a wonderful hubby who shares my passion for any and all kinds of travel. Together, we've formed a semi-professional wine drinking team.

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