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    Default Old Wives Tales

    Some famous Malaysian ones:

    Don't sing and cook at the same time or you will get an old husband.
    Don't walk under clothesline or you will get bad luck.
    Don't shout in strong wind or your mouth will be bent.
    If a butterfly is flying around in your house, someone will be making a visit.
    It is bad luck to sleep with your feet facing the door.


    Ok, I admit I am just looking for an answer - can't get it on of all places, the net.

    I kept biting my lips when I chew something since a day or two ago.
    What does it mean?

    As for the topic, keep adding - I kinda like to get to know other stories from other countries.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilfredlgf
    It is bad luck to sleep with your feet facing the door.
    No wonder I'm still not a millionaire, no wonder I'm still a class d player, ........ I need to change the position of my bed. Thanks for the advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Qidong
    No wonder I'm still not a millionaire, no wonder I'm still a class d player, ........ I need to change the position of my bed. Thanks for the advice.
    I don't believe in all this malarkey but the superstitious Chinese think of it as if a coffin placed in at home before being put to the funeral. The feet always faces the gate outwards.

    Here's another:

    Don't cut your nails at night or you will shave years off your life.

    Anyway, any input on the 'lip biting' thingy?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilfredlgf
    Anyway, any input on the 'lip biting' thingy?
    Maybe you should not eat so much chilly.

    Or maybe Durian season is over (if you are a fan of durian) and you want some more?

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    I was wondering.. are there any old wives tales about badminton?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilfredlgf
    I don't believe in all this malarkey but the superstitious Chinese think of it as if a coffin placed in at home before being put to the funeral. The feet always faces the gate outwards.

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    just close the door. If u can't go thru walls, u can't go thru a closed door

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    You are missing the point, coorer-san.

    There are rationales to all this tales.

    Don't sing and cook at the same time or you will get an old husband.
    - You'd probably forgot to add in salt or put in too much of it. Possible to cut your finger too.

    Don't walk under clothesline or you will get bad luck.
    - Fancy getting a free garotte on the neck? It's dangerous.

    Don't shout in strong wind or your mouth will be bent.
    -Not sure about this one but I think it's more of a 'don't waste your time/energy' thingy.

    If a butterfly is flying around in your house, someone will be making a visit.
    - Not sure about this one.

    It is bad luck to sleep with your feet facing the door.
    - Old Chinese superstition.


    As for lip biting, no I don't eat durian. Chilli? How does that affect lip biting?

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    wilfred,

    maybe you're heaty and need to drink more 'leung sui'

    - do not bring an open umbrella inside the house
    - do not sweep the floor during Chinese New Year
    - do not walk under a ladder
    - always finish all the rice on your plate
    - say a prayer before u take a wee into the bushes
    - if u draw on a person's face while they are sleeping, they might not wake up ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bkiat
    wilfred,

    maybe you're heaty and need to drink more 'leung sui'

    - do not bring an open umbrella inside the house
    - do not sweep the floor during Chinese New Year
    - do not walk under a ladder
    - always finish all the rice on your plate
    - say a prayer before u take a wee into the bushes
    - if u draw on a person's face while they are sleeping, they might not wake up ..
    lol.. praying before you take a spray into bushes, lol.. that one is great#&%!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ErrBerr
    lol.. praying before you take a spray into bushes, lol.. that one is great#&%!!
    it's an sacrificial offering, returning nutrients and water back to mother nature

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    Quote Originally Posted by wilfredlgf
    You are missing the point, coorer-san.


    It is bad luck to sleep with your feet facing the door.
    - Old Chinese superstition.
    sorry, that isn't a good enough reason
    anyone can have any personal superstition.

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    Don't speak in the direction of a running table/floor fan or you'll lose your voice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cooler
    it's an sacrificial offering, returning nutrients and water back to mother nature
    lol... actually.. the Chinese believes spirits dwell in trees. Esp banana trees. I'd be pretty pist if someone came and wee at my house and bad things happen when spirits get pist. Hence why we say "excuse me"

    As for the "sleeping with your feet facing the door", the belief behind that is that it imitates how corpses are laid. And that's not good


    As for old wives tales about badminton....Maybe
    - don't sleep with your badminton racquet facing the door
    - say "excuse me" before hitting the shuttle into the bushes?

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    How about NOT eating durian and drinking alcohol at the same time? Otherwise, you would die of heart failure. Is that a myth?

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    Isn't the banana spirit thing more of a Malay superstition than a Chinese one? As for the 'don't sleep facing the door', I think it originates from olden days when they used to carry dead corpse out of the room on a stretcher... they certainly didn't carry the body on their backs.

    Quote Originally Posted by bkiat
    lol... actually.. the Chinese believes spirits dwell in trees. Esp banana trees. I'd be pretty pist if someone came and wee at my house and bad things happen when spirits get pist. Hence why we say "excuse me"

    As for the "sleeping with your feet facing the door", the belief behind that is that it imitates how corpses are laid. And that's not good


    As for old wives tales about badminton....Maybe
    - don't sleep with your badminton racquet facing the door
    - say "excuse me" before hitting the shuttle into the bushes?
    Last edited by cappy75; 06-22-2005 at 04:33 AM.

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    I've heard that its bad to have your feet facing a mirror when you're sleeping or having something like your bed blocking your window.. something about blocking chi entering the room.. correct me if i'm wrong? hehe.. cheers..

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    Think you're right. Who remembers when you hear so many growing up?

    Quote Originally Posted by cappy75
    Isn't the banana spirit thing more of a Malay superstition than a Chinese one? .

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