Intro to: Hispanic superstitions and myths

Hispanic Heritage Month Series

Let’s celebrate the upcoming Hispanic Heritage month, by blogging All Things Hispanic from now until the end of October. I will begin this special series with a little comedy and mind blowing facts. All cultures have their own superstitions or myths that some people believe in (to a certain point) as part of their traditions. These traditions then get passed down to generations after generations. Every now and then comes an asshole that’ll mess everything up by exposing the truths or fallacies behind these myths, yeah that’s me today. Your welcome.

  • Has your Hispanic friend ever screamed at you for leaving your purse or wallet on the floor? Some Hispanics, strongly believe in the superstition that you will lose money or face money troubles if you decide to plant your purse or wallet on the floor. Obviously we all know that isn’t true, but try to convince a truly traditional Hispanic otherwise and you’ll probably see a “chancleta” coming straight for you!
No pongas la cartera en el piso, que se te va todo el dinero!!!
  • That brings me to the terrifying “flying chancleta” satire, that some have recently discovered via social media or through your new Hispanic mother in law. However, this old school disciplinary tool, is not new at all. For many years now, Hispanic children have been threatened by or fallen victim to the flying flip flop. Huh? Many of you already know what I’m referring to and the ones that don’t, are probably making some close guesses by now. If you guessed that this exaggerated truth has to do with getting slapped by a flip flop, you are absolutely correct. Many of us as kids would get slapped by the chancleta whenever we misbehaved. It’s such a well known part of our upbringing, that social media decided to make it into a satirical comedy. But trust me there’s nothing funny about the “flying chancleta”. Whilst this doesn’t actually fall under the definition of a myth, the thought of a flying chancleta is.

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  • Many homemade medical concoctions and remedies come from a long line of traditions. A common one among Hispanic homes is the use of Vicks Vapo-Rub. Vicks is a topical ointment that can be applied to the chest as a cough suppressant and to other parts of the body to relieve sore muscles and aches. According to many Abuelas (grandmothers), Vicks can cure a lot more than coughs and muscle aches. Many Hispanics believe that its a cure it all; headaches, flu, a broken heart, stomach aches, depression, menstrual cramps, whatever it is, Vicks can fix it. How true is this, nobody really knows or cares to find out because no one is going to tell Abuela that she is wrong. If you have a stomach ache and she tells you to rub this ointment on, you rub it on. But just in case, take some some stomach medicine when Abuela is not looking, because for all we know, this could just be another myth.

Now these are just the three most popular ones that came to my mind, but there are so many more…..

Don’t carry the scissors pointed towards yourself.

Don’t rock the rocking chair when no one is sitting on it.

Don’t put shoes on the bed.

Don’t sweep someone’s feet.

And the list goes on and on. If you want me to explain any of the ones mentioned above, leave me a comment and I will be glad to help.

What are some common superstitions or myths in your household? The funnier the better.