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Tradition or Just Another "Old Wife's Tale"
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Hmm...I like learning about these kinds of things. They interest me. I have a few old superstitions and customs from my culture, but none of them are all that serious.
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In the Cuban culture, we have a belief in the evil eye (as do many other cultures). According to superstition, the evil eye is given without awareness of the person giving it, people who have something different with their eyes (lazy eye, two different colored eyes, etc.) are more likely to give it and the way to protect yourself is wearing a jet bead on a piece of jewelry, called an asavache.

Not being superstitious myself, I have had a couple encounters making me think differently.

At school one day, I was talking to a Dominican girl (who have similar beliefs to Cubans) and she noticed my two different colored eyes. Then she said, "I'd be so scared to get you mad." I was confused by what she meant, so once I went home and asked my mom, and she explained to me the concept of the superstition.

I didn't think much of it, but about two years later, I had everything going well for me and so did my mom, but then it suddenly went downhill. I was being betrayed by friends and basically lost the guy who I really liked (and he liked me back), and my mom was losing success with her paper doll books she made. Meanwhile, people close to us were having increasing luck, and my mom was convinced someone had given us the evil eye. She then sent my grandmother to buy us asavaches on her next trip to Miami. I lost mine, but I can tell you the time period I had it seemed pretty lucky. I wouldn't say I completely believe it though.
Posted 2/9/08
This is by far the best and most intelligently written thread about Hmong people that I've ever read. It's fascinating. Thanks for taking the time to create such a thread.

I guess that you're Hmong, right? I'm not really into shamanism (nor anything else) but I try to respect the old ways. I can't wait to hear what everyone else has to say about their culture.
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there's a belief that if you dream your tooth had fallen, you must not tell it to anyone or someone in your family will die. i kinda never believe that so i told my mom. a week after, my grandfather died... now i don't know what to believe.
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there's a belief that if you dream your tooth had fallen, you must not tell it to anyone or someone in your family will die. i kinda never believe that so i told my mom. a week after, my grandfather died... now i don't know what to believe.


Ouch =\ yeah...those beliefs are kind of scary...there's one kind of like that in Cuban society. You have to name your kid after a saint that was born on the same day or the kid would have bad luck/die (I forgot which one it was).
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I know some from several countries, will post them soon as I recollect. I find this thread very interesting, and I'm glad no 'retarded' reply was counted in yet.
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for that hmong funeral thing:


maybe god just doesn't like hmongs and wants them all dead
Posted 2/9/08

wolzen wrote:

for that hmong funeral thing:


maybe god just doesn't like hmongs and wants them all dead


Didn't you hear what HayatellAyasaki had to say? Now you've officially tainted this thread.
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for that hmong funeral thing:


maybe god just doesn't like hmongs and wants them all dead


Congrats for shattering my hopes of this being an intelligent thread. T_T
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Konfue wrote:


wolzen wrote:

for that hmong funeral thing:


maybe god just doesn't like hmongs and wants them all dead


Didn't you hear what HayatellAyasaki had to say? Now you've officially tainted this thread.


indeed

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wolzen wrote:

for that hmong funeral thing:


maybe god just doesn't like hmongs and wants them all dead


Well done wolzen, you failed.
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HayatellAyasaki wrote:


wolzen wrote:

for that hmong funeral thing:


maybe god just doesn't like hmongs and wants them all dead


Well done wolzen, you failed.


thats what she said

Posted 2/9/08

CoExist wrote:

Anyways your post was way too long so I only read the first sentence or two I think and from what I got of it and the second/third post skimmed the first line on each its about superstitions between races.

I'm Korean and supposedly its bad luck to have your bed face the bathroom.


Does that have to do with Feng Shui or is that something different?
Posted 2/9/08
I really dont know many traditions so any viet/canto people care to tell everyone for me??
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Uhh No. It just has to do with bad luck with facing the bathroom because of something.

Theres another thing about hair and toe/nail clippings that I don't remember.


I find the bathroom one interesting. In my family, there's a similar belief that if you have any elephant figurines/statues/etc., if they face the front door it's bad luck but if their butts are facing the front door it's good luck, so it's possibly rooted in a common belief.

I've heard something about toenail clippings before too, and I forgot it. =\
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