13 Southern Superstitions
Living in Liberty County is as Southern as life can get. In the South, traditions and superstitions are still valued and followed- passed down through the generations to be kept alive. What better time to explore Southern superstitions than the time before Halloween. After all, the month of October is known to be the prime time for ghosts, haints and other supernatural creatures. Let’s see what you have to do or not do to keep the supernatural at bay.
1.Never leave a rocking chair rocking
Don’t rock an empty rocking chair or you’ll invite spirits. This is one of the things I learned fairly quickly after moving to this area. Among the old residents, rocking an empty chair is a no-no. After all, you don’t want any ghosts or evil spirits in your house.
2.Never eat both ends of a loaf of bread
Never eat both ends of the loaf of bread before you eat the middle, or you won’t be able to make ends meet. I’m not sure where this superstition came from but eating the ends first the bread would definitely dry out quicker.
3.Hang a mirror by the door to protect against evil
A folk belief is that the Devil is so vain he’ll get distracted by his reflection until the sun rises and forget to enter. This may also work for some people.
4.Black-eyed peas will bring good luck
If you eat black-eyed peas just after midnight or later on New Year’s Day, you’ll be prosperous in the coming year. Some Southerners will even tell you to eat one pea for every day of the new year. So, bring a good appetite for dinner this year!
Picture by Tammy Lee Bradley
People used to believe that spirits could not cross over water, so they painted porch ceilings and doors a special shade of blue called Haint Blue to ward off the evil spirits.
Strolling the streets in a small town may render a lot of unfamiliar sights like the bottle tree. Deeply superstitious people believed that evil spirits could be caught in glass bottles placed outside. When the spirit was caught, one could cork the bottle and throw it into the river to wash it away.
7.Open the window when someone dies in a home
If you live in the South for a while you will see some strange things. When someone dies in a home, people open the windows and cover the mirrors. This will allow the soul to leave and not be captured.
8.A bird in the house
You will see slight panic on some faces when there is a bird in a house since people often believe that a bird in the house foretells death.
If your nose itches, company is coming. People still tell me that I will have company soon when I scratch my nose. I remember my grandmother saying something similar growing up so it just stuck with me.
People believed that waking up with crazy hair is the creepy sign of witches sneaking into your room and playing tricks on you while you sleep.
It is believed that when your palm is itching you will either give or receive money depending on which hand is itching.
12.Don’t take pictures
Every now and then I encounter people who do not want their picture taken. As funny as it may sound in our technological world, there are still people out there who believe that every time someone takes your picture they capture a piece of your soul.
13.Don’t put your pocketbook on the floor
According to my mother-in-law, your bag should never hang lower than your moneymaker or you will be in financial distress. Hence, don’t put your bag on the floor or you will be broke.
Intrigued yet? This month offers an amazing opportunity to learn more about superstitions in Liberty County so get out and #exploreliberty.
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Andrea Conyers Communications Assistant Liberty County Chamber of Commerce and CVB
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