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> More Mammy Superstitions, new shoes on the table, never!
post 2nd Apr 2011, 06:24pm
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QUOTE (Heather @ 16th Oct 2007, 11:39pm) *
My mum is very superstitious. She never buys any clothes in green as she considers it an unlucky colour to wear. . . .

That's supposed tae be because the Fairies tradtionally wore green, an ye might annoy them if ye stole their colour, Heather.

If ye meet a nun in the street always gie her a coupla bob - ma Ma wis Catholic right enough. Don't turn away "gipsy" pedlars frae the door withoot buyin somethin aff them - even if it's overpriced trash an ye're almost skint. Don't put shoes on the table, as someone already said, but ma Ma's reason wis that "ye wid be on it soon enough". I.E, broon breid, as the body used tae lie overnight in the hoose.

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post 2nd Apr 2011, 06:56pm
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QUOTE (murn @ 18th Oct 2007, 12:35am) *
If you give someone a purse or wallet, you put a coin in it

Find a penny, pick it up. All day long you'll have good luck

Never buy pearls for yourself, it's bad luck

First footing should be tall and dark haired, with a piece of coal and cake

This goes back to the Vikings, when a blond-haired stranger arriving in the middle of the night at Scottish door was not usually lucky, the coal was to keep you warm and the cake to fill your belly.

My Gran would read the tea leafs for us but told us all the same thing we would meet a tall dark and handsome man, well a got the dark and handsome but not the tall wub.gif

What aboot RICH! biggrin.gif
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post 3rd Apr 2011, 03:36am
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QUOTE (TeeHeeHee @ 27th May 2009, 08:39am) *
My mother would flush nail clippings away before burning them.
She kept a string of black "Rosary" beads which I found as a wee child and gave to her: they were not the blackcurrants that I first thought they were. Although she was a protestant she thought it would be heap bad medicine to throw them away.

Celt chic your nana was dead right about the elephants being nothing but bad luck in the house.
Ours had Dye O'Rea and we called the vet to find out what we could best give it.
"Bags o' room" was the reply.

Stick to Gerbils.

Burning and burying nail clippings is "day riggoorr" in sub Saharan Africa. It is still almost universally practiced in an effort to avoid the' Obeah" (witch doctors) from obtaining them and casting spells against them.
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