Feb 4, 2008

Superstitions of Trinidad and Tobago

Dey Say
In Trinidad if you get your feet swept that you will not get married. I always got in the way of my mother when she cleaned the house. I had my feet swept countless times. Did it work? Well I am happily married and totally whipped!

In Trinidad if you don’t want Jumbies to follow you home make sure and enter your home walking backwards. I don’t know much about this because I never encountered a Jumbie other that the Moko Jumbies on Carnival day. Do they count? I guess not so that is one that I need some help with this one but not interested in meeting any Jumbies.

Umbrellas, you should never open one indoors because my friend standing next to you will be figure that you can’t see but its weight will bog you down. Of course if you did not guess by now a Jumbie will be standing next to you under the umbrella.

Oh yes this one is a classic, one must never pick up money that you find in the road especially copper coins. I remember when I was a kid hearing the story of the girl who got copper pox because she picked up money that had an evil spell cast into it – she died.

Do you remember owning all those pot hounds as a child? Well if you dog barks at night and does not want to stop and you don’t see anything there then definitely the dog is seeing a spirit.

Now are you adventurous? If you want to see a spirit then take the crust (yampee) from the dog’s eye and put it in yours then at twelve midnight peep through a key hole and you will see douens and other spirits.

If your left palm is itching (scratching) you then you will get money but if it is the right hand then chances are that you will loose some cash very soon.

If, for no reason, you bite your tongue then someone is talking ill of you.

If a family member dies then it is very important that you cover all the mirrors in the house with a black cloth to avoid seeing them in the mirror.

If you have a business and you sweep the floors and the dust out the door then you are sweeping all of your money a way.

If your second toe is longer than your big toe then you will rule your husband.

The list of superstitious beliefs in Trinidad and Tobago is a very long one indeed. These are just a few of the ones that I can recall. I will continue with this list after speaking to my friends and family members in the homeland. So until we meet again … Cote ci Cote la!


Aliti on February 10, 2008 at 12:22 AM said...

Most of those superstitions are not specifically Trinis; those are the same I heard being a child living in the French and Spanish Caribbean islands.

Pwefentious Trini on February 11, 2008 at 6:21 PM said...
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Pwefentious Trini on February 11, 2008 at 6:25 PM said...

Hey Aliti just remember that most of the superstitions in the Caribbean region were influenced by Aftrican slaves brought into "the New World" from the West Coast of Africa. I have a friend who lives in Haiti and it is interesting to note that we have many of the same beliefs even though some are referred to by different names. So yes you are correct that the stories are similiar and if I gave the impression that they were unique to Trinidad and Tobago then I do apologize for the misunderstanding. We all share a rich heritage and my intention was simply to take note for those whom are interested in knowing or simply needed a little help remembering. Thank you for your comments.

February 11, 2008 3:21 PM





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