Friday Five

Five(ish) Thai Superstitions– The old wives tales I’ve heard throughout Thailand are equally fascinating and eye-rolling. Jeff sent me an entire article from this website. Here are a few of the topics that I’ve heard or find completely ridiculous and therefore find a need to share.

Amulets
One thing most visitors to Thailand notice is that many people wear amulets. Amulets are special Buddha images, often gold-plated and worn around the neck. They are believed to possess a variety of sacred powers such as the ability to protect the wearer from accident or ill-health. The amulets are blessed by monks or priests and often three or even five are worn together on a piece of cord. Never wear an even number of amulets as it is considered unlucky. You should avoid touching a Thai person’s amulet as it diminishes the amulet’s powers. Also, avoid wearing the amulet in the toilet as it will no longer be sacred.

Ghosts
– If you make jokes when eating a ghost will steal your rice
– A ghost will enter your house if you stand in the doorway
– A ghost will curse you if you sing while eating
– You will see a ghost if you bend down and look between your legs

Birthday Suit
– Do not look at naked people because your eyes will become swollen (I’ve heard you get a sty)

Days of the Week
– Sunday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Friday.
– Monday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Sunday.
– Tuesday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Monday.
– Wednesday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Tuesday.
– Thursday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Saturday.
– Friday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Wednesday.
– Saturday, avoid doing anything auspicious on a Wednesday at nighttime.

New Things
– Bite your shoes before you wear them for the first time to prevent them from biting your feet (Over ten people have assured me this is truth after seeing my blisters)

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