Here I was wondering what to write about today then I saw something which reminded me that today was the first Friday… And for some strange reason when I saw that all I could think of was those long time stories passed on from one generation to the other…
You know those stories and myths and beliefs that grandmas and the other folk pass on.. And those little things that we are told we “should not do or else”?? Yes.. those stories..
As soon as I saw the phrase first Friday what came to mind was the belief that involved going to the bushiwey (mouth of the river in Creole. . But I am sure I butchered the spelling haha). The purpose of that visit would be to take a “bath” .. a bath that involved scrubbing yourself real good then throwing the cloth at your back -without looking back- in order to ward off evil spirits. Like some would say “man them ah scrub down themselves till they skin turn red but them affi make sure to burn them spirits” haha
And you better believe that as little children we were sure to obey and do those things because we were told we had to and we actually believed that they worked.
Those included things like
If you enter the house through a door you make sure to exit using that same door or you will “tie” the house
If you sweep your house too often or rest your bag on the floor it will make you broke
If you place your broom upside down no witch will enter the house
If the Palm of your hands itch, you will get money (left palm) or spend money (right palm)
Enter the house by back so “nothing” will follow you
If you open an umbrella inside your house you won’t get married
And the list goes on and on….
Some of them seem so funny now that I am typing and I can’t help but laugh so hard. . because I opened umbrellas in the house so many times when I was younger and now I’m married.. and I don’t think I need to put my bag on the floor to be broke…hahaha
But what are some of the old wives tales in your part of the world?? Share with us in the comments below
Until Next Time Lovies