Superstition is the belief in supernatural causality—that one event causes another without any natural process linking the two events.
Growing up as children, our parents especially our mothers and grandmothers filled us with a lot of superstitious beliefs, most I think were just to instill fear in us and get us to behave . Decades down the line, most of us still belief in them. Lets say its just an African thing.
All cultures around the world have theirs and here’s Nigeria’s top 10 superstitious beliefs.
1. Whistling at night
It’s heavily frowned upon to whistle at night in the traditional Nigerian society. The general belief is that you attract snakes around you. For a female, it’s a taboo.
2. Lending morning in the morning
If you expect the traditional Nigerian man to lend you morning in the early hours of the morning or to pay up its debts, then you definitely woke up on the wrong side of your bed. The traditional Nigerian society beliefs that giving morning out in the early hours of the morning could bring a whole lot of bad luck across your way.
3. Sweeping at night
How dare you? Do you want to sweep out all the wealth in your lineage? You’re never allowed to sweep beyond sunset in the Nigerian culture.
4. Eating in the dark
Eating in the dark is heavily forbidden in the traditional Nigerian society. Such an act attracts a dinning session with ghosts which could also lead to your death or that of a family member or some grave ailments.
5. Owl crying on your rooftop
Owls hooting on rooftop or on a nearby tree is a bad omen in the traditional Nigeria society translating to an almost immediate death of a family member. Owls generally in the Nigerian culture are a symbolism of witchcraft and it’s cries are taken with tenacity.
6. Itchy Palms
That’s a sign of good luck, someone would be visiting you with a large amount of money.
7. Wearing your clothes inside-out unconsciously
Also believed to attract fortune. Anything for the money, we’re quick to believe.
8. Crossing over someone lying down
The Nigerian culture made me believe should I cross over anyone, I should cross over again else the person would stop growing. I should be a midget by now, cos God know how many times I’ve been crossed over. In fact that whole continent should be filled with midgets.
9. Sleeping under the moon
I learn this recently. I was told sleeping under the moonlight attracts a cold of flu. How odd!
10. Sleeping face up
My mum would always tap me at night till date if she finds me sleeping face up, unfortunately that’s my best sleeping position. Its believed, spirits have easy access to your body which they can then manipulate and transport where ever they want to.