Do You Believe in Taboos..???  

Posted by: Nurul in

Hv u ever wanted to do something, but then being told that u can't do that...??Or if u ever feel like an idiot when u hv to do something that sounds really stupid to u just to 'chase away' ur bad luck...??

well, in malay costum, we hv so many 'don'ts' or 'pantang larang' in our life...all the taboos were created long before us, and some of them are still being practise today...but, to me, there are certain things that u don't hv to follow because it's not relevan anymore...(that's why my mom always said that i'm 'degil' (stubborn)...)

here are some of the 'pantang-larangs' that we hv in our costum..:

  1. Do not open ur umbrella in the house - in will 'invite' the tiger to 'visit' ur village
  2. Do not whistle in the house - it will 'attract' the snake
  3. Do not walk under hanging clothes - it will 'take away' all ur knowledge
  4. Do not put back the rice in the pot on Tuesday - it will 'sweep away' ur 'rezeki'
  5. Do not hit the younger person on the butt - it will give them worms
  6. Do not turn back when u go out of the house - it will bring bad luck to ur journey
  7. Do not sing in the kitchen - it will give u an 'old' husband
  8. Do not cut ur nails at night- it will caused u to die early @ sooner than anyone else
  9. Do not talk about ur dreams while eating - it will bring bad luck
  10. Do not take photo of ur cats - they will die
Some of the taboos are quite ridiculous...( in my opinion la...) but my mom always said that there are certain things that we don't we hv to consult the elders because they knew better than us...they hv experienced life before malay they called it 'lebih awal makan garam'...(hmm...if translated into english, it will be 'they ate salt long before we did'...) so, if they said, u can't do that, it means you just can't do it...

but, i'm thinking...what's the connection between hitting somebody's butt and causing them to hv worms...???
that's why i always had a fight with my granny when it comes to this taboos...

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