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10 Filipino's Bizarre Building Superstitions You May Not Know!

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1. Bury medals and coins
Similar to the belief that throwing coins in your home on New Year's Eve will bring you good luck, burying coins or even medals of St. Benedict or St. Joseph will bring you wealth and protection to your home.

2. Bury books
If you got kids in your future home, it is believed that burying old books beneath the structure will ensure that they grow up intelligent. In the meantime, burying music sheets will bring harmony to the family. If the thought of burying books six feet underground makes you uncomfortable, you're not alone.


3. Toast spirits with wine
Filipinos are familiar with stories about spirits and entities that inhabit the land. As a result, some people have taken to pouring expensive wine down the footings of excavations to appease any entities that may be living within or will be displaced during construction. Because it appears that even non-humans enjoy expensive wine.

4. Splatter animal blood
This is rarely done nowadays, but once upon a time, construction workers sacrificed an animal in an ancient ritual that used the blood of the animal to protect workers on the job site.

5. No pregnant women on site
Pregnant women are thought to bring bad luck to themselves if they visit a site while it is under construction. This is a pretty practical superstition, given that the site isn't particularly safe to visit in the first place.The other side of this superstition is that it believes that if construction is done during the woman's pregnancy, she will have premature or difficult labor.

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6. Pour cement on a full moon
The importance of lunar cycles in agriculture is well known, but did you know they also play a role in construction? According to legend, pouring concrete or cement just before or during a full moon will bring good luck to the home and expedite the construction process.

10 Filipino's Bizarre Building Superstitions You May Not Know!


7. Oro, Plata, Mata
According to the Oro, Plata, Mata superstition, the top step of any staircase should not be a multiple of three. The Spanish words for gold, silver, and death are Oro, Plata, and Mata, respectively. And the words are used to describe each of the three steps. Step one, for example, is Oro (gold), step two is Plata (silver), and step three is Mata (death). Superstitious homeowners avoid ending a staircase with a multiple of three to avoid attracting death.

8. A tooth on the roof
This superstition takes the tooth fairy legend to new heights—literally. Some people believe that putting a child's tooth under the roof of the house will bring good luck to both the child and the home.

9. Say No to Basement or Den
Airy, open spaces are thought to have not only good ventilation and lighting, but they are also the polar opposite of the cramped, cold spaces where malignant spirits are said to reside. As a result, living areas in the lowest level of a home, such as a basement or a den, are considered unlucky because they attract negative energy. So, say goodbye to your basement man caves and make room for one in the attic.

10. Get a Square or rectangular lot

These shapes are thought to be balanced and will bring harmony to your home. If you want to attract money, go for a purse-shaped lot because it is thought to help you collect wealth and fortune.


funmoojo (author) on May 12, 2021:

In Asia, it is common practice to sacrifice an animal before construction. In an even more extreme case, there have been rumors in China of people sacrificing a child and burying it beneath a construction site, believing that the child will become the god of the building, protecting the workers and residents within.

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