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    Jamaica Gleaner News - Jamaican folk customs and superstitions, SUPERSTITIONS - Monday | August 6, 2007

    Monday is not a good day to marry.

    If two pregnant women walk or sit together one of their babies will be born dead.

    You are not to plant night jasmine near your house or it will draw the strength from its occupants as will a paw-paw tree. Good trees to plant include mango, avocado pear, ackee, breadfruit, naseberry, sweet sop and soursop, coffee, banana, coconut, orange, grapefruit and lime.

    If you are building a house, be sure to construct the front door to face sunrise and the back door to face sunset, exactly opposite to each other.

    To get rid of an unwanted visitor, you must sprinkle a broom and leave it behind the door

    Love and Marriage

    It is good luck for first cousins to marry as "cousin, cousin boil good soup." It is however not good luck for second cousins to marry.

    A woman who sits on a table will never marry, and neither will a man who turns down his hat on a table or bed.

    If a person wants to know the depth of love someone feels for him/her, knot a thread a few times and place a flame over it. If the flame passes over the knots the love is strong.

    If you open an umbrella in your house you will not marry.

    May is an unlucky month to marry, and Monday and Saturday are unlucky days on which to be married. If you marry on Monday it is believed the husband and wife will quarrel to their deaths, while if you marry on a Saturday it is believed the husband will die. It is also bad luck to marry on your birthday.

    Wednesday is the luckiest day to get married and the best times on that day are 8:00 a.m., noon and 4:00 p.m.. Sunday at 4:00 p.m. is also a lucky day and time to get married.

    If anything is broken during the wedding reception, the marriage will be an unhappy one

    Dreams

    If you dream about fire, it means confusion

    If you dream about new shoes,it means you will have a new lover.

    If you dream about ankles, it means your enemies are planning to destroy you.

    If you dream about a wedding, it means there will be a funeral and if you dream about a new house it means there will be a death.

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    Pregnancy


    Pregnant women should never use a needle and thread or the unborn baby will be tied up in the umbilical cord.

    Pregnant women should not walk under a wire. If they do, the baby will be strangled in the umbilical cord. They must step on the cord instead.

    Pregnant women should never look at a dead body or the baby will die.

    If a pregnant woman scratches her body while yearning for something to eat, the baby will be born with a mark at that same spot and it may resemble the food the mother craved.

    Pregnant women should not stare up at a tree or the baby will be born cross-eyed.

    If a pregnant woman climbs over a fence her child will be a thief.

    Birth

    If you say that an infant is beautiful, he will grow ugly. Should you say he is ugly, he will grow handsome.

    Children before they are able to talk understand the language of animals.

    The navel string must not be allowed to fall on the floor. It must be guarded by the mother and buried in the ground between three days and a year after the birth of the child. A tree is to be planted in that spot, known as the child's navel string tree, and if it is damaged or destroyed the child must be compensated. If the property is sold a new tree must be planted for the child from the sucker of the original tree.

    A baby born with a caul (the inner membrane enclosing a fetus which may be found on the baby's head at birth) will be able to see duppies (spirit of the dead) without being harmed by them.

    A new mother is not to bathe or wash her hair for the first three months after delivery as her pores are believed to be open and she is very susceptible to colds. Any cracks or holes in her house are to befilled for the same reason.

    A child born during a leap year will be lucky.

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

    Luck



    White dots on the nails and grey hair on a young person mean good luck.

    Do not turn your hat down on a table or a bed, it will bring bad luck.

    If your right eye dances you are going to laugh. If your left eye dances you will hear bad news, or something will happen that makes you cry.

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    It is good luck for first cousins to marry as "cousin, cousin boil good soup." It is however not good luck for second cousins to marry.


    am I seeing things

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jahpikne View Post
    It is good luck for first cousins to marry as "cousin, cousin boil good soup." It is however not good luck for second cousins to marry.


    am I seeing things

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