Funny Beliefs And Superstitions Of Belize

beliefs and superstitions of Belize

Never sharpen your pencil on both sides, bad things will happen.

I should have named this post, funny beliefs and superstitions of OLD Belize since for one reason or the other, the younger generation of Belizeans aren’t as superstitious as the old generation. Actually, when you look at some of the beliefs that old people believed in, you can’t help but laugh at how ridiculous they sound. But mind you, I respect and understand why these superstitions played such a vital part of their lives. These beliefs were passed down from parent to child over several generations, and these stories were used as tools to keep their children at bay from too much mischief and even possible harm. The same goes for Belizean Folklore.

 

Never sharpen your pencil on both sides, bad things will happen

 

This one was made popular by teachers, they would tell students that sharpening a pencil on both sides would bring bad luck and someone in your family could also die. Why would anyone want to sharpen both sides of a pencil? Well for starters, if a side broke, you’d have the other side to use, and second, kids also tried anything to seem cool and different. I assume that since sharp objects around kids are dangerous, adults made up that saying so that kids would be safer.

 

Bad Breeze wa ketch yuh

 

Don’t be making funny and weird faces or mimicking physically impaired persons since “Bad Breeze” could catch you and you would stay like that forever. Bad breeze was referred to as a bad wind that would permanently let you stay in the mocking manner you were. Since children love mischief, parents made up this superstition to make sure they respected others.

 

Boys and girls, when someone is sweeping, don’t let the broom hit your feet

 

If the broom hits your feet, that would mean that you’d have to marry an old lady or man. This was probably made popular by moms who didn’t want their children running around whenever they were sweeping and doing house chores. This was a hit among young girls as they surely didn’t want to marry an old grumpy man.

 

Big Peteh or Tamales foot

 

Don’t walk around barefoot as you’ll grow a “Peteh” or “Tamales foot”. Peteh is the Belizean creole word for big, flat and broad feet. I don’t know why but growing up, there was nothing better than being without shoes or sandals. Heck, I even enjoyed playing soccer barefoot as I had better control of the ball. Adults always warned us about putting on shoes or sandals, but I think it was just because they wanted us to protect our feet from prickles and bruises.

 

Mind yuh turn mermaid pan Good Friday

 

When Easter came, school was out and everyone wanted to spend hot days at the river. But on Good Friday, no one was allowed to go to the river since you’d turn into a mermaid. This was ridiculous and I knew adults only said that because as Christians, Good Friday was meant to be a day to forego all pleasures and imitate the suffering and death of Christ.

 

No give and tek back, yuh wa ketch Piscuch

 

This one is funny. If you gave something away and later took it back later, you would catch a “Piscuch”, a small bump on the eyelid – which is actually a Chalazion. This was done to prevent kids from being mean and to embrace sharing their toys and snacks with others. Also, another way you could supposedly catch a piscuch was by watching dogs have sex or take a dump. (HAHA)

Now I’ll pass the baton, what are some superstitions you grew up with?

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29 Responses to Funny Beliefs And Superstitions Of Belize

  1. Maryam October 18, 2012 at 2:27 PM #

    Ha! These are good ones Lencho! :0) Some that I remember are: 1. No walk ova somebody weh di lay down, yuh di shorten dehn life, 2. No stir dih pot with wah knife, yu wah bring strife eena di house, 3. No mek more than one person play eena yo hair, yo di shorten yo life…4. No sweep da night, yo di sweep out the blessings, 5. and No throw wah hat pan di bed, yo di shorten yo life….and mein, the list goes on and on and on….lol

  2. Elio October 18, 2012 at 4:03 PM #

    No sweep the dirty through the front door cuz eh wah bring bad luck.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez October 23, 2012 at 12:36 AM #

      Or no got black puss caz da bad luck.. yu still like black puss.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez October 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM #

      Or no have black cat like dem black puss yu like! Lol

  3. Melanie October 21, 2012 at 11:51 AM #

    These are funny. Great insider tips for travellers to fit in with the locals. I love the one about turning into a mermaid. Some, like the bad breeze wa ketch yuh are heard here too:)

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez October 23, 2012 at 12:37 AM #

      Really? Didn’t know “Bad Breeze” was used here… That’s interesting!

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez October 31, 2012 at 7:17 PM #

      Hehe Glad i was able to entertain!

  4. Holly Edgell November 5, 2012 at 2:30 PM #

    Don’t put your purse on the floor, it could cost you. Is that a Belize one, or universal?

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez May 18, 2013 at 10:47 PM #

      Hehe Not sure if it’s universal but it’s used in Belize!

    • Wynema September 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM #

      Its universal. Ive heard in Southern US States and in Maryland

  5. Evan November 5, 2012 at 5:35 PM #

    when someone dies you are not to serve tamales until 3 days. Belief is that tamales is wrapped and you may bury another family member

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez May 18, 2013 at 10:46 PM #

      Wow, I had never heard this one before. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Irina November 5, 2012 at 8:53 PM #

    haha good ones! never keep an empty bottle [of booze] on the table – bad luck…. put it under the table when it’s done.. have no idea where it’s coming from

    • brad Belize May 18, 2013 at 8:15 PM #

      People who drink too much hide how much they drink ;)

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez May 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM #

      Maybe it was to hide that you had a drinking problem? :P JK Nice one, thanks for sharing!

  7. Cam Wears November 9, 2012 at 12:51 PM #

    Hah! Nice one! Watch out for that broom :-)

  8. Cristina December 16, 2012 at 11:09 PM #

    These are hilarious!!! Poor kids lol!

  9. Anita Mac December 24, 2012 at 10:43 AM #

    Awesome!

  10. brad Belize May 18, 2013 at 8:14 PM #

    These are awesome.

    You know, I have noticed since I moved here 5+ years ago and pretty much never wear shoes, My feet are much wider by the toes area and tennis shoes hurt to wear all day now.

    My families feet (in the States) looks skinny/funny to me now.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez May 18, 2013 at 10:51 PM #

      Haha Good point.. No wonder some of my friends from Caye Caulker had such broad feet. They never wore shoes!

  11. Lythia Awe April 19, 2014 at 8:27 AM #

    This is awesome Lorenzo! All these superstitions amuse me! You forget fu seh how fu get rid of the piscuch… pass wah knife nine times over your eye ! Lol
    Have you ever heard about this one. .. Neva open umbrella inah the house. It wah bring bad luck.

    • Lorenzo Gonzalez April 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM #

      @lythiaawe:disqus yes, thats the way to remove it.. lol Nope, never heard the umbrella one.

  12. Nathaniel Reneau April 19, 2014 at 11:15 AM #

    i’m 20 and i still believe in these lol. especially the one about giving and taking back. this was a great reminder of my childhood. thanks mien :)

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