Very superstitious, writing on the wall
Very superstitious, ladders bout’ to fall
Thirteen-month-old baby broke the lookin’ glass
Seven years of bad luck, the good things in your past
When you believe in things that you don’t understand
Then you suffer
Superstition ain’t the way
The foregoing lyrics are taken from the song titled Superstition — composed, produced, arranged, and performed by Stevie Wonder for Motown Records in 1972.
The song’s lyrics are chiefly concerned with superstitions, mentioning several popular superstitious fables throughout, and the negative effects superstitious beliefs can bring.
It was not only popular in the domestic U.S. market, but also in major overseas markets including the Caribbean.
The fact is people by nature are very superstitious; thus, the connection to the lyrical offering of the song can easily be made and understood.
Now, superstition is said to be a belief without any basis in reason or knowledge. It is also commonly applied to beliefs and practices surrounding luck, prophecy, and spiritual beings, particularly the belief that future events can be foretold by specific unrelated prior events.
That said, below are 10 superstitious beliefs one will find across the Caribbean region:
1. When pregnant – drinking a lot of chocolate milk will make the baby dark skinned – drinking milk instead will make the baby looking fair.
2. If you put your handbag on the floor/ground you will never have money.
3. If you see a black bird outside of your window in the morning, someone you know will die.
4. If a lizard jumps on a woman, she will get pregnant soon.
5. Wearing red clothing will help to drive away ghosts.
6. Getting married on a Friday or a Tuesday will bring disaster.
7. If the palm of your left hand itches, you will get money.
8. If a dog barks incessantly and there is nothing there, the dog is seeing a ghost.
9. If your right eye jumps, you will see someone you have not seen in a long time.
10. Walking under a ladder brings bad luck.
Carol Maye, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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