Philippine Culture and the Dead

Here are some beliefs related to the dead here in the Philippines.

In Bohol, you are not allowed to bring fresh fish into the home where someone's wake is being held. People believe that the sea will feel bad, and will no longer give the fisherfolk a bountiful harvest.

In addition, before the deceased is brought out of the house and into the church, someone will have to break fragile items such as a plate. Typically, when a plate falls (for no apparent reason) and breaks, people get nervous. Such random accidents serve as omens of some on-going or forthcoming accident involving a loved one or family member.

By proactively breaking a plate, people hope to ward off any misfortune.

When the deceased is placed in his or her grave, some people will insert a bolo. This is to prevent the dead from coming back to claim another relative.

Do you believe in these superstitious beliefs? Perhaps, perhaps not. You'll just need to respect those who, because of their culture, take these acts seriously.

Happy Halloween, everyone!

[ First posted on 10/27/2007 by Manuel Viloria ]



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