Friday, April 26, 2013

Funny Urband Legends

Rain was asleep beside me on the bed last night. She was on the middle of the bed, I was by the right side of the bed, and on the left side was the wall and window. I noticed that the curtain was a bit open. It was a ceiling to floor window so it exposes too much of us to the neighbors especially at night when the curtains are open. So I stood up on the bed and was about to walk over sleeping Rain when I stopped and suddenly remembered a pamahiin or urband legend as they call it that the elders would tell us when we were kids. Couldn't help but laugh at how silly it sounded, much more with the fact that we actually believed it!

The legend went like this: When you're lying down on the bed ( or anywhere like on the floor on a mat or something) then someone walks over you to get to the other side, we would tell that person "uy balikan mo ako!" Meaning the person who literally walked over you should skip back. Because if not, you won't grow taller.

It's silly isn't it? This got me reminiscing about all the other pamahiins that we followed when we were kids...

> Don't sleep with your hair wet. You'll go blind (Is there actually a connection from the hair roots to the eyes?

> When you jokingly cross your eyes to try to be funny, you should be careful not to have the wind blow in your face. Or else you'll stay cross-eyed forever. Hence the warning "baka maihipan ka ng hangin!" (The wind might blow on you"

> Don't spill salt or you'll pick every grain in hell (This one's actually scary!)

> Don't sweep the floor at night time. You might sweep a dwarf and it will get mad at you and punish you!

> Don't open an umbrella inside the house because it's bad luck. (Of course who would right? Because it doesnt make any sense to do so. But "bad luck" ? I'm not so sure hehehe)

> Of course there's the jumping at the strike of New Years eve, so you'll grow taller. (I'm living proof it's not real.)

These are just off the top of my head. Trying to think of more but my memory is failing me. I'm sure there's a lot! Aaah to have the innocence of a child again!

How about you? Care to share some of your childhood urband legends?:-)

 

9 comments:

  1. Mommy Rina,

    There's also a myth when you go visit a wake, don't go home directly. Go somewhere else before going home. If not, they say you're bringing bad omen in your home or somebody in your family will die ;) (Don't know if you heard also that one).

    Thanks for sharing...Always my support.

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    1. Hi Mommy CheekyGirl!!! Ah yes i know that! They even say before you enter your main door dapatyou should change your clothes. I guess baka the bad omen can also stick to your clothes. Parang amoy ng restaurant tee hee!:-)

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  2. I do spill a lot of salt because I'm clumsy.haha!

    Anyway, we follow the "pamahiin" shared by cheekeegirl. Another pamahiin that pregnant women aren't allow to go to wakes (I dunno why, but our family follows that too). :)

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    1. We had an incident a few years back when a close relative of mine passed away, his older daughter was pregnant at the time and about to pop. Of course she wouldn't miss his dad's funeral so we didn't follow that:( nothing else bad happened naman. The baby is now about to attend school :)

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    2. Hi Mommy Rina and michymichymoo! I did that too! when I was pregnant with my first baby, I went to the wake and funeral of my boss. Though my friends and family told me not to go, I just went because first, my boss is not a stranger to me. She in fact is like a mother to me. Second, I don't think there'll be a bad omen into it because I have a personal relationship with my boss. And thinking about it I know my boss would not let anything bad happen to me if that's the case. She already prayed for my safety to God now that she already is in Heaven..;)

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    3. There you go! I guess it really isn't true :-) But I guess if you believe in something so badly, you may attract it. Key is faith! :-)

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  3. Hahaha, most of the urban legends you posted, I learned about from my hubby! The only one from your list that I know about is jumping at the strike of 12mn on New Year's Day. Yes, I am another living proof that this is not true. ;)

    One that I learned about when I was getting married to my hubby was not to attend another person's wedding when you are about to be married. One of my first cousins and I were getting married consecutively--- my wedding was to be held a week before hers. We were not allowed by our families to attend each other's wedding. Sayang. :) It's agaw-swerte daw kasi. Another form of "sukob", I guess.

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    1. Wah... my Google account didn't login properly. :( I am showing up as anonymous. :( - Dez del Rosario

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    2. Hi Dez! Wow seriously? Sad naman!!! Sayang!!!! Kami when we got married, 2 other cousins of Richie were getting married just a few months apart (the other couple was a week apart lang from us) and we all attaneded each other's weddings. We only get married once so sayang naman! Must have been sad for you guys na you didnt get to attend your cousin's wedding :( its the first time i've heard of that hehehe interesting! Thank you so much for sharing!!!:-)

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