Every culture has their own superstitions when it comes to the supernatural world. Here is a collection of superstitions from our staff!
- Whistling at night attracts bad spirits in Khmer culture.
- In Lao culture, singing/screaming at night attracts bad spirits.
- Children can see something adults cannot.
- Having chopsticks stuck upright in a bowl of rice is considered to be a death omen in Japanese and Chinese culture.
- In Laos, ghosts are considered to be everywhere, especially rivers, mountains, rice fields and a forest of trees.
- It’s bad luck to trim your finger or toenails after the sun goes down.
- You need to take a shower after you come home from someone’s wake. You should also avoid bringing back any food or drinks home from the wake.
- The number 4 is associated with death and is a symbol of bad luck. In Taiwan, a lot of hospitals do not have the 4th floor and the elevator will have a button for the 5th floor instead. Some hospitals do not have a 9th floor because the number 9 signifies a long time and patients do not want that.
- On the first day of the lunar new year, you should not wash your hair or you will wash all the good luck away.