Filipinos have an incredulous number of superstitions. We have one for every event and even for our daily lives.
Your logical mind tells you that breaking these superstitions will do you no harm, but when the elderly are breathing down your neck with little reminders, you follow it anyway. You follow it even if you don’t believe it. Our culture has an abundance of “pamahiin sa patay” that to follow and remember them all is enough to keep everyone at edge.
Attending a wake almost sounds so deadly when you consider all the things you cannot do. It’s impossible to follow all of them, especially when a Filipino wake can stretch to a week or more.
During my grandfather’s wake, which spanned for almost two weeks, we tried to follow the superstitions in the first few nights. But after a few more days of consistently avoiding the mirrors, it’s just impossible to do it. Am I really not allowed to comb my hair or to take a bath for two weeks?
While some superstitions have a supernatural reasoning behind it, sometimes no one remembers the repercussion of not following the do’s and don’t’s. However, most reasons of following the superstitious beliefs is to avoid death to happen again or to banish bad luck in the family.
Here’s an exhaustive list of “pamahiin sa patay” still followed by most Filipinos. [Read more…]