weird mexican superstitions

so, i may be a coconut but man-o-man my family is hella mexi! i love that i grew up with so many superstitions…as crazy as that sounds. even though some of them might sound completely absurd, i swear they work! or they used to when i was little.

to do this post i telephoned my madre and had her explain them to me in her words instead of looking them up on the internet, because one family may have completely different definitions of them.

so here we go!

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1] the egg and ojo– def. of ojo– feeling icky. it is said that someone can give you ojo by looking at you and being jealous, thinking you’re really pretty, seeing something they want or even having ojo is when you just feel plain icky. to take away the “evil eye”, jealousy, or a headache you are supposed to rub an egg all over your body {moms usually do this} and pray. it then removes the “bad vibes”. then, you crack the egg in a glass of water and set it on a table/window sill and wait to see if the egg white floats up. if it does…bitches be hatin’.

2] the red string on babies– have you ever seen a red string on a babies forehead? no worries, it supposed to be there. the little bugger has a serious case of the hiccups.

3] purse on the floor-never, i repeat, never leave your purse on the floor in a mexican house. grandma and maja will yell at you. not because you’ll get your purse dirty but because you’re allowing all the bad spirits to enter your purse and then you’ll take those things home with you…poltergeist stuff y’all.

4] babies looking between their legs– if a baby bends over and puts their head between their legs you better be the first one to jump up and say “IT’S NOT ME!!!!I PROMISE!”
someone’s pregnant!

5] dreams– you can bet your bottom dollar that every single one of your dreams has a meaning. my papa knew them alllllll! ps. dreaming about your wedding is fine…dreaming about your wedding and seeing yourself in your wedding dress is no bueno…like at all! yikes!

6] man in the moon-i wish my papa was still here to explain this one to me. it was something he always told my cousins and me. “never talk to the moon, mija” and that’s all i got, however, i didn’t need much more haha. i never talked to that moon. ever.

7] cucuy– okay, i think this one was just a scare tactic lol. if we stayed out and played too long my aunts/uncles and mom would yell “okayyyy well then the cucuy is going to get you!!!” yep, in the house in 2 seconds flat. shit was scary man.

8] sana sana colita de rana– translated is “heal heal little frog tail”…. uhm what? i honestly didn’t know that until now {i’m a coconut} but i swear this was magic! it’s something your mom would do if you got hurt. similar to a mom kissing a boo boo to make it feel better. except this actually worked, i’m sure of it!

9] garlic by your front door– there’s nothing like a big wall of garlic hitting your guests when they walk in your house. but guess what?! no evil spirits living here…nope! we got the garlic, we’re good!

10] glass of water with lime– this one’s actually a new one that my mom just told me. apparently the lime is supposed to absorb all the bad spirits and vibes you’re getting from people.

yep, you read all of those correctly. us mexicans are super into our superstitions. me…not so much anymore. but sometimes in the back of my head when i’m walking outside in the dark, i walk just a little bit faster and i still never, ever, talk to the evil man in the moon.

what are some crazy superstitions your family has?


5 thoughts on “weird mexican superstitions

  1. Hahaha….all those are so true jess!! Its crazy how much we actually believed in those superstitions, but you are so right!! They for some reason worked (or seemed as if they did). And the most amazing part is that even though i never truly understood each and every one i still use these same superstitions with my kids….and they work to. lol. People sometimes look at me a little crazy but hey…i do what papa always did. And there is one you forgot to mention which again i never understood why, but still didnt dare do it. Dont stare at a dog while it is pooping cuz you will get a sty on your eye. Oh yea…and the don’t let anyone sweep your feet or you will be single forever. And the (well this one may be every culture) but the one about if your ear is ringing, then someone is talking about you and if you sing the abc’s in you head and whatever letter your ear stops ringing on…thats the first letter of the name of the person who is talking about you. Oh yeah…and if you scratch your palm when it itches then you wont get money. Ok ok ok…i guess i could go on and on but i enjoyed reading your post. It brought back so many childhood memories hearing all these lil crazy sayings but i do have to agree with you. They always seemed like they worked for some odd reasons.

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      1. Yeah it does. I try to act tuff and tell the kids knowing well that it scares the crap out of me to. Lol. I know when I do try to play it off I find myself running up the stairs with them after I turn the lights off cuz I totally feel like someone is behind me. Haha…just talking about it gives me the creeps. Lol

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  3. OMG Jess, I’m so glad you did write about this (I so remember all of those) – I think I remember though that if you SAW the man in the moon (shapes that looked like a face) you were supposed to do the ‘catholic crossing’ and kiss your hand and send it up to the moon. That was to keep the man from sending you bad omens. LOL

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