Myths & realities

Published: Monday | January 5, 2009


Keisha Shakespeare-Blackmore, Staff Reporter


Don't sweep dust outside your house at nights because it is said that you will sweep out your luck.

Since forever, Jamaicans have generally been a superstitious set. Despite growing levels of education, they still follow certain rituals. Below is a list of myths that Jamaicans still practise. But this is 2009 and we need to shy away from these myths.

1 Don't sweep dust outside your house at nights because it is said that you will sweep out your luck.

2 Don't keep broken glass in the house; otherwise, it will bring bad luck.

3 Don't throw water outside at night or you will throw it on a ghost.

4 When you build a new house before living in it, you should kill a chicken and sprinkle the blood at the four corners to ward off evil spirits.

5 A baby boy who resembles his mother will be lucky and so will a baby girl who resembles her father.

6 If a knife falls in the house, you will have a male visitor. But if a big spoon falls in your house an older woman is going to visit you. And if, when putting it down a knife lands blade up, you are going to travel.

7 When a withered leaf falls from a tree on you, it is said that you will be getting money. You will also get riches if the palms of your hands itch.

8 It is said that if you point at a grave and not bite your fingers they will rot.

9 If you wash your face with rice water, you will see 10 ghosts. The last one will be dressed in black and white and slap you across the face.

10 If you go to a funeral, and put your head between your legs and look at the coffin, you will see the person who is dead sitting on top of it.

11 If you open an umbrella in your house, you will not get married.

12 If a man has a papaya tree in his yard, he will be impotent.

If you believe any of the myths above and have proof that any of them actually work or are true, please tell us about it at lifestyle@gleanerjm.com.