Over the last week or so, I’ve been trying to recollect and journal some of the old superstitions I’ve heard over the years. Ones from this area, sayings my grandparents, parents, and their friends mentioned often. Especially the ones that managed to lodge in my brain and take root as if they were actual truths. Ones I shared with my own children.
I’m planning to lace some of these superstitions into a future book. For whatever reason, I’m getting the notion that these nuggets may help flesh out ‘place’ in my writing. That they will give the reader a more three-dimensional view of the community that surrounds the main character, then, with any luck, turn the community into a character of sorts. That’s what I’m hoping for anyway.
Anyway, here are a few I remembered . . .
1. A long nose is a sign of intelligence.
2. If your nose itches you will kiss a fool.
3. If a person’s eyebrows meet, he is of a mean disposition.
4. If your left palm itches, it’s a sign of money. To be sure to receive that money, rub the itchy palm over a pocket.
5. To cure a child of asthma, stand him up by a post and lay a knife on his head, then run the knife into the post. When the child grows above this knife, he will no longer have asthma.
6. To cure hiccoughs rub the palm of your left hand with the thumb of your right.
7. To cure night sweats put a pan of water under your bed.
8. Put a chew of tobacco on a bee-sting to relieve the pain.
9. When a crawfish hole is open it will rain soon. If it is closed, there will be no rain.
10. If the sun is shining while it’s raining, the devil is beating his wife.
11. Before you go swimming, dip your hand into the water and make the sign of the cross. It will keep you from drowning.
12. If you touch a bird’s nest, the bird will not return to it.
13. If you handle frogs, you’ll get warts.
14. Don’t hand over a saltshaker during a meal. Slide it across the table.
15. If the picture of a living person falls from a wall, it’s a sign that someone will soon visit you.
Are superstitious diddies like the ones above common where you live? If so, what are the most common?