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Your Favorite Chinese Superstitions

Postby beenhere10years » Wed, 24 Aug 2005 8:06 pm

Hi Guys,

Working on a project and need some help. Can you post back with your favorite Chinese/Singaporean superstitions? Like, 'Do not drink iced water, it will upset your stomach' or 'Do not eat shellfish if you have a broken bone, it will take longer to heal'. (Every cab driver in Singapore told me that one). Anything at all you can think of will be helpful.

Thanks so much,

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Postby Carpe Diem » Wed, 24 Aug 2005 8:09 pm

If you see an accident, write down the car number and play it in lottery... If this number brought bad luck to him, it will bring good luck to someone else.
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Postby beenhere10years » Wed, 24 Aug 2005 8:13 pm

I have actually heard that one and like it. Thanks.

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Have you seen March de l'Emprerer?
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Postby Guest » Wed, 24 Aug 2005 8:52 pm

ai yah,go to library and you will be able to find some books on wat u wan

monica

Postby monica » Wed, 24 Aug 2005 9:19 pm

agreed.go library

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Postby koyuli » Wed, 24 Aug 2005 10:10 pm

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Postby Carpe Diem » Thu, 25 Aug 2005 2:09 am

beenhere10years wrote:Have you seen March de l'Emprerer?


I guess you are talking about la Marche de l'Empereur... No I haven't seen it. But heard about it. Is it good? Have you seen LE PEUPLE MIGRATEUR? That's a good movie as well.
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Postby beenhere10years » Thu, 25 Aug 2005 6:08 am

I'd rather not go to a librabry, I'd like people to share actual old wives' tales they have been told. Koyuli, perfect. Thanks.
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Postby Wind In My Hair » Thu, 25 Aug 2005 9:04 am

don't eat dark soya sauce when you're pregnant or your baby will be born dark-skinned.

don't leave any rice on your plate or you will become pock-marked, or marry a man who is pock-marked, can't remember which.

don't make faces in case the wind changes and your face gets stuck the way it is.

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Postby beenhere10years » Thu, 25 Aug 2005 9:20 am

Thanks WIMH :D
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Postby dot dot dot » Thu, 25 Aug 2005 10:04 am

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Postby Guest » Thu, 25 Aug 2005 10:12 am

Eric from the Netherlands wrote:After my father in law passed away last year, we were not supposed to wear bright colors for a while (believe it was 100 days). Me being a bit stubbern, I wear a red t-shirt one day when I went out to have lunch. Walked outside the condo, got attacked by a crow.... no kidding. Bleeding form the head, called my wife to tell her what happened, she insisted it was because I wear the red shirt.

Eric


Well I guess then it isn't just a superstition...

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Postby Baron Greenback » Thu, 25 Aug 2005 10:47 am

When I lived in Hong Kong my uncle used to work for the Jockey club. They had betting outles all over the island (mark 6 was the HK lottery like 4D here). He was signing invoives one day & saw one for 12 daggers. He asked his secretary what it was for & she just mumbled something like "sorry not for you" & took it away. A few days later he was doing the same thing & she had slipped the same invoice into the pile - he wanted to get to the bottom of this. She told him that whenever they build a betting outlet they put 12 daggers all pointing down within the wall above the doorway, to stab the betters in the back as they walk in so they will not win.

Also in Hong Kong it is considered bad luck if you are having a whole fish for a meal to turn it over to get the meat underneath as a fisherman will die at sea.

There are also very strict rules for women who have just had a baby not to touch water. They have to bathe in gigner or something - although I do not know any more details or reason for that one. But I have got friends who were going out one day with their new born baby & it was beginign to rain. The guard rushed over with an umbrella to stop the mother getting wet.
Also new mums have a strict diet - pig organs (again not 100% on this either)
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Postby Alfalfa » Thu, 25 Aug 2005 10:57 am

I heard chinese babies were made to eat pork like a chunk of that meat when they are seven months old..more like sucking on the meat cause they have no teeth.. why is this so...??

Please tell me.
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Postby Vaucluse » Thu, 25 Aug 2005 11:41 am

From my wife :

Don't sweep the floor on the forst day of CNY or you will sweep all your luck away . .

Don't sit on books or you will be stupid forever

Eat lots of lobster brains - it increases your intelligence (this, for a fairly brainless crustacean)

Don't shower while you're still sweaty or you'll catch a cold . . .

Don't sigh on the first 15 days of CNY or your year will be filled with sorrow

Ghosts can't cross water . . . (good to know when we're swimming in our pool at night :P )
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