• Maibpenrai
    May 27, 2013 at 8:52 am #4960
    Hi all,
     
    As every country in the world, Myanmar has a lot of superstitions, it could be interesting to list a few of them here.
     
    I will start with some of the common superstitions that the Burmese people have, if you know more about it or want to compare with the superstitions of your country please share it with me, I am kind of curious about how the beliefs evolved in each different culture.
     
     
    They believe that if you have a broken mirror or glass in your house, it will bring you bad luck, it is better to replace it as soon as you can.
     
    Never leave your shoes upside down, it is a sign of bad luck as well.
     
    If you don’t want to meet the evil (if you believe in it ), just carry in your wallet for example, hair from an elephant’s tail.
     
    Running under a staircase or a clothesline with women longyis drying on it, will make you lose your power.
     
    I like this one, never ever clips your nails at night, because the ghost doesn’t like it.
     
    It is not good to wash your hair, if you got a funeral in the neighbourhood, it is better to wait at least one week.
     
     
     
    Do you know any other superstitions ? 

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ilovemyanmar
    May 27, 2013 at 9:06 am #14506

    Hello,

     

     
    I don’t know much about the Burmese superstitions, but it is interested to know the one you listed above, I found it good, I would like to share one of my country Germany, in case you have a drink one day with someone coming from Germany, as you said you are interested about superstitions from other culture.
     
    If you have a drink with a german guy or girl, don’t cheers your glass if you have water inside, even if you want to joke, it will not be appreciated by us, because it means that you are wishing death to all the people you’re drinking with. 
     
    So be careful  🙂
    Tyler_Durden
    May 29, 2013 at 3:53 am #13630
    What the heck,
     
    I clipped my nails in my hotel in Yangon when it was night,  😮  hope I didn’t disturb the ghost.
     
    I found this one for Myanmar, it is not good to play hide and seek after the sunset, people say that the devil comes to take the hiders.
     
    And for mister Mai bpen Rai, in Indonesia there is a lot of superstitions :
     
    If you want to find a partner to get married, don’t eat in front of a door.
     
    Biting your lower lips or cleaning your ears at night will bring you bad luck
    Maibpenrai
    May 31, 2013 at 1:48 am #13667

    Thank you guys for your replies !

    I didn’t know the one about hide and seek, i will stop to play from now on when i will be in Yangon 🙂

    Ros
    August 10, 2013 at 4:25 pm #15357

    Never heard this one before…. 🙂
    If you don’t want to meet the evil (if you believe
    in it ), just carry in your wallet for example, hair
    from an elephant’s tail.

    Max
    August 10, 2013 at 5:16 pm #15358

    Carrying an elephant with you wouldn’t be better to scare the devil?  😛

    Ros
    August 11, 2013 at 2:29 am #15371

    Carrying an elephant with you wouldn’t be better to scare the devil?  😛

    Hahaha…. nice idea Max. 😀
    But how would you find an elephant easily and put into your wallet. lol

    Ros
    August 11, 2013 at 5:03 pm #15383

    Here another Burmese superstitions …..
    Especially for girls… 😀

    When you have got a twitch at up side of your left eyelid or down side of your right eyelid, it means good things will come to you especially at love affairs, may be your boyfriend miss you so much, may be he is away from you and he will come back soon, may be someone will propose you soon ….

    when you have got a twitch at down side of your left eyelid or up side of your right eyelid, it is not very good and may be you will be in bad luck soon….. (I don’t know it is related to love affairs or not)

    thus why, Myanmar girls used to say this rhythmic words “bal paw nyar out chit thu yauk”
    (out ~ yauk (pronounce yout) )

    bal = left side
    paw/ a paw = up
    nyar = right side
    out = down
    chit thu = boyfriend /girlfriend / lover
    yauk = arrive /reach/come

    And we used to say ” myat khan khat hlote hlote pal” when we know that something bad is happening soon.
    For example, You got home last night very late and next morning you know your parents will scold you.
    You did not do the project very well and you know your boss is going to blame about that.

    Sometimes we use “myat khone” instead “myat khan”.

    myat khan = edge of eyelids
    myat khone = eyebrow
    khat = particle prefixed to adjectives in duplicate form to convey the meaning “a little”,”rather”,”slightly”
    hlote = a twitching / move / shake/ movement
    pal = [colloq] particle suffixed to a word for emphasis

    So you can say” myat khan khat hlote hlote pal” or ” myat khone khat hlote hlote pal”.

    Sorry for my very long translation from English to Burmese because someone might want to know the translation too. 😀

    Max
    August 12, 2013 at 3:18 pm #15406

    Hahaha, stop apologizing for your long explanations, it’s always full of information and interesting to read, how could you explain shorter anyways :).

    So did you have a twitch before on the downside of your left eyelid or upside of your right eye lid when you met your boyfriend?  😛

    Madskin67
    August 12, 2013 at 3:29 pm #15401

    Don’t be sorry for the explanation, very interesting post about superstitions in Myanmar, good to share it with us…

    Maibpenrai
    August 12, 2013 at 3:47 pm #15413

    Here another Burmese superstitions …..
    Especially for girls… 😀

    When you have got a twitch at up side of your left eyelid or down side of your right eyelid, it means good things will come to you especially at love affairs, may be your boyfriend miss you so much, may be he is away from you and he will come back soon, may be someone will propose you soon ….

    when you have got a twitch at down side of your left eyelid or up side of your right eyelid, it is not very good and may be you will be in bad luck soon….. (I don’t know it is related to love affairs or not)

    thus why, Myanmar girls used to say this rhythmic words “bal paw nyar out chit thu yauk”
    (out ~ yauk (pronounce yout) )

    bal = left side
    paw/ a paw = up
    nyar = right side
    out = down
    chit thu = boyfriend /girlfriend / lover
    yauk = arrive /reach/come

    And we used to say ” myat khan khat hlote hlote pal” when we know that something bad is happening soon.
    For example, You got home last night very late and next morning you know your parents will scold you.
    You did not do the project very well and you know your boss is going to blame about that.

    Sometimes we use “myat khone” instead “myat khan”.

    myat khan = edge of eyelids
    myat khone = eyebrow
    khat = particle prefixed to adjectives in duplicate form to convey the meaning “a little”,”rather”,”slightly”
    hlote = a twitching / move / shake/ movement
    pal = [colloq] particle suffixed to a word for emphasis

    So you can say” myat khan khat hlote hlote pal” or ” myat khone khat hlote hlote pal”.

    Sorry for my very long translation from English to Burmese because someone might want to know the translation too. 😀

    Thank you Ros for completing my initial post, I was waiting for long time to get additionnal burmese superstition, interesting to know about the twitch on the eyelid.

     

    It is never too long when you want to give a correct explanation, we do appreciate it.

    Ros
    August 12, 2013 at 5:12 pm #15414

    Hahaha, stop apologizing for your long explanations, it’s always full of information and interesting to read, how could you explain shorter anyways :).
    So did you have a twitch before on the downside of your left eyelid or upside of your right eye lid when you met your boyfriend? 😛

    Hahaha….. you are right Max.. 😉
    May be because of those twitches, I am always being a single. lol. 😛

    Max
    August 13, 2013 at 5:29 pm #15459

    Lol, maybe you should stop believing in those kind of superstitions because if you wait all your life for the right twitch and it never comes, how would you do? I would rather not follow these and jump on the occasion if I like someone, just an advice if you don’t want to stay single  😛 hehehe…

     

    Did it ever happen to you to have the wrong twitch and then you actually had your boss or your parents coming after you to scold you ??

     

    Good luck with your twitches  😀

    Ros
    August 13, 2013 at 5:56 pm #15466

    Lol, maybe you should stop believing in those kind of superstitions because if you wait all your life for the right twitch and it never comes, how would you do? I would rather not follow these and jump on the occasion if I like someone, just an advice if you don’t want to stay single  😛 hehehe…

     

    Did it ever happen to you to have the wrong twitch and then you actually had your boss or your parents coming after you to scold you ??

     

    Good luck with your twitches  😀

     

    Thanks Max

     

    Well… Actually, I don’t believe in those kind of superstitions too much. But sometimes things happen at same time, wrong twitch and get trouble. 🙂

    I don’t believe the good twitch, but sometimes I believe the wrong witch. 😉

    nectar
    August 14, 2013 at 10:15 am #15486

     

    Hello,

     

     
    I don’t know much about the Burmese superstitions, but it is interested to know the one you listed above, I found it good, I would like to share one of my country Germany, in case you have a drink one day with someone coming from Germany, as you said you are interested about superstitions from other culture.
     
    If you have a drink with a german guy or girl, don’t cheers your glass if you have water inside, even if you want to joke, it will not be appreciated by us, because it means that you are wishing death to all the people you’re drinking with. 
     
    So be careful  🙂

     

    Thanks. I have a German friend. I gotta be very careful about it.

    YangonStyle
    August 15, 2013 at 11:23 am #15346

    Hahaha, I think I already cheers with German friends while having water in my glass, am I in trouble ?

    My friend didn’t say anything actually but I made it up to him I guess, since it was just one time, I always drink beer with him otherwise :).

    nectar
    August 16, 2013 at 1:34 am #15527

    Ha Ha, how very unlucky you were. May be I should start drinking beer in stead of water. 🙂 to avoid such misunderstanding.

    YangonStyle
    August 16, 2013 at 4:19 am #15528

    No I think that was ok, it’s a very good friend of mine so I believe he didn’t even notice that… or at least that’s what I think :huh:

    Hehehe, yeah it’s the safest solution to drink beer when you are hanging out with German, but also can be dangerous, they really take it well, lol.

    nectar
    August 16, 2013 at 5:02 am #15532

    Ha ha, i was just kidding. You know what! Burmese girls normally don’t drink beer. i am one of them :-). Don’t you worry about it cos i like orange juice. Would that be possible to cheer with orange juice?

    မရရင္လည္း ေျပာဦးေနာ္။

    ma ya yin lae pyaw oo naw.

    Let me know if we can’t do it too.

    Wutyi

    nectar
    August 19, 2013 at 5:12 am #15443

     

    What the heck,
     
    I clipped my nails in my hotel in Yangon when it was night,  😮  hope I didn’t disturb the ghost.
     
    I found this one for Myanmar, it is not good to play hide and seek after the sunset, people say that the devil comes to take the hiders.
     
    And for mister Mai bpen Rai, in Indonesia there is a lot of superstitions :
     
    If you want to find a partner to get married, don’t eat in front of a door.
     
    Biting your lower lips or cleaning your ears at night will bring you bad luck

     

    That hide and seek thing, you are right. Burmese parents worry about their children going to dark places cos there might be some snakes. So they invented this superstition I think. 🙂

    YangonStyle
    August 19, 2013 at 10:49 am #15624

    Ha ha, i was just kidding. You know what! Burmese girls normally don’t drink beer. i am one of them :-). Don’t you worry about it cos i like orange juice. Would that be possible to cheer with orange juice?

    မရရင္လည္း ေျပာဦးေနာ္။

    ma ya yin lae pyaw oo naw.

    Let me know if we can’t do it too.

    Wutyi

     

    Mmmm, I already didn’t know about the water cheering with Germans, so how could I know how it goes with the orange juice ??  😆

     

    Anyway, I think it’s usual to cheer with alcohol, in Germany and in many places I believe. So my understanding for this is that you should rather cheers with alcohol, but since not everybody drinks alcohol, same as you, I believe it should not be seen as impolite or rude when you cheer with orange juice, but that’s just my idea of it…

    Max
    August 20, 2013 at 5:10 am #15649

    Thanks Max

     

    Well… Actually, I don’t believe in those kind of superstitions too much. But sometimes things happen at same time, wrong twitch and get trouble. 🙂

    I don’t believe the good twitch, but sometimes I believe the wrong witch. 😉

     

    I feel you are believing in the wrongly to this superstition, why believe in the bad part of it and not in the good part? There is no point to believe in a superstition if you get only the bad part isn’t it? 🙂

     

    You should maybe do it the other way around and only believe the good things… 

    Tyler_Durden
    August 21, 2013 at 12:44 pm #15734

    @nectar, so did you believe in this superstition when you were a child ? You didnt play hide and seek at night ?  😉

    nectar
    August 22, 2013 at 4:39 am #15739

    @nectar, so did you believe in this superstition when you were a child ? You didnt play hide and seek at night ?  😉

    Of course I did! Don’t let mom know, :-). Mom doesn’t believe in those superstitions but she really worried about the snakes. When I was young, I used to visit our grandparents house which was located at the countryside. There were plenty of snakes which would come out during the sunset hours. She told us that the bad spirit would get us if we wouldn’t stop playing hide and seek at sunset. I knew it was a lie. Then we played hide and seek in the house.

    KCouture
    January 17, 2014 at 10:47 am #18609

    i was in hong kong the other day for my birthday and as i was cutting the cake everyone frantically stopped me before i cut it all the way down. Apparently its bad luck if you get it all the way. Something about cutting all your good luck away lol.

    stardust
    February 5, 2014 at 2:54 am #18977

    i was in hong kong the other day for my birthday and as i was cutting the cake everyone frantically stopped me before i cut it all the way down. Apparently its bad luck if you get it all the way. Something about cutting all your good luck away lol.

    Good thing they didn’t think eating the cake would be a sign of eating all the good luck away…:P

     

    Since today’s Wednesday,I’ve been thinking of being mischievous with the “Wednesday” Burmese superstition but never got around to doing it.

     

    I live with 5 Bamar at the moment and it can be pretty hilarious at times.

     

    according to the superstition,you don’t wash your hair on Wednesday.If you do,you’ll be followed by seven days of bad luck.

     

    I’m still scheming…

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