In the spirit of Halloween, shorter days, and falling leaves, we’ve asked our contributors to share superstitions, fears, and scary stories from their home countries. In this issue of the Willamette World News, we learn about supernatural beings around the world, precautions you might want to take to prevent bad luck, our contributors’ expectations for [...]
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When I think of “Superstitions, Fears & Scary Stories” in relation to Australia, it’s our wildlife that springs to mind. Or at least that seems to be what most people I’ve talked to here immediately think of. A lot of people I’ve discussed Australia with have brought it up – “I hear there are sharks [...]
Have you seen the movie called “Skeleton Key”? It’s one of my favorite thriller movies that’s related to shamanism and superstition. Honestly, I don’t believe in superstitions all that much. However, many people (especially the old men and women) avoid things that are said to be “bad luck” out of superstition.
Furthermore, there are lots of [...]
In Argentina, we believe in superstitions. We believe for example that you shouldn’t get married on a Tuesday or Friday 13th, no matter which month- it’s the same with traveling or going out from home for a long time on those days. Also, watching a black cat is bad luck, as well as opening an [...]
When I heard the topic “Superstitions, Fears and Scary Stories” of this blog entry I tried to think of German examples and talked to some Americans about them. And apparently all of the stories matched!
In Germany you are also a little bit worried when a black cat crosses your way. When you break a mirror, [...]
My first Halloween… EVER!
I like these kinds of topics. We also have many superstitions in Japan. But I think that it is different depending on the area in Japan just like each country has its own superstitions. The superstitions that I know are below:
“Respect ghosts and gods, but keep away from them.”──by Confucius
In China, the fifteenth day of the seventh month in the lunar calendar is called Ghost Day and the seventh month in general is regarded as the ‘Ghost Month,’ in which ghosts and spirits, including those of the deceased ancestors, come out from the lower realm.
Like many countries in the world, France has its superstitions. I think that five of them are still very present nowadays and if you mention them to the French, they will know exactly what you’re talking about. So, here are our top 3 popular beliefs:
1. The number 13 can be seen as a bad or [...]
Halloween in Colombia is generally celebrated just as in the rest of the world, people wear costumes and they have parties in discos, where they get prizes if they have the most original or the most crazy costume.
My name is Jérôme and I come from Strasbourg, France, a city located in the North Eastern part of the country, at the border with Germany. I have mainly been raised between two countries and cultures since my mother is from Belgium and that half of my family lives there, resulting in a lot of [...]
Both in Japan and Thailand, people believe in the existence of ghosts and spirits. Our religion, Buddhism, is based on animism belief, thus we believe everything has spirits. They are not entirely harmful supernatural beings. Most of them are good spirits, often called gods, who protect us from evils. Strong connections to spirits in [...]
“Moloweni manene nam nenekazi!”
“Molweni manene namanenekazi” is hello ladies and gentlemen in isiXhosa language (my mother tongue).
Let’s get into business! Halloween???? This will be my first time celebrating Halloween in my life. Most South Africans do not celebrate Halloween because it is not part of their culture but some South Africans do (university students).
Hi everyone, my name is Ifeoluwa Popoola and my friends call me Tobi (also my middle name). I am from the most populous black nation in the world (Can you guess which country? Did you mention Nigeria? You’re right!) with over 250 tribes and yep, each tribe has one or more superstitions it holds onto [...]