Superstitions in Brazil Posted by Adir on Mar 30, 2012 in Culture, Customs
Olá, tudo bem?
I was thinking one of these days about our superstitions in Brazil. Brazil is known for being a superstitious country, mainly due to our deeply rooted religious history and background. Let me cut to the chase and show you some of our superstitions.
Bater na madera. We knock on wood three times to avoid bad luck.
Gato preto. If you run into a black cat, get away from it, it´s bad luck!
Passar embaixo de uma escada. Walking under a ladder is also a sign of bad luck in Brazil.
Bolsa no chão. Leaving your purse/handbag on the floor will set your money life backwards.
Espelho quebrado. If you break a mirror you will have 7 years of bad luck.
Sal grosso. Leaving a pot with rock salt in the corners of your house scares away bad luck. Also if you put a common rue branch (galho de arruda) on your ear it´s also supposed to shy away maus olhados (bad whammy).
Vassoura atrás da porta. In my opinion this is the coolest one: if you have an unwanted visitor or someone has worn out their welcome, put a broom behind a door and this visitor will leave.
Ovo para Santa Clara. When it’s raining very hard and you’d like it to stop, put an egg in hommage to Santa Clara (Saint Clara). She supposedly clareia (clears up the weather).
Elefante de louça. Having a china elephant with its trunk up as a bibelô (ornament) in your house brings financial luck and you always have money.
Orelha quente. If your ears suddenly burns up, it means that someone has been talking about you.
Comer e olhar no espelho. My grandma used to say that if you eat and look in a mirror your face will be crooked forever.
Talheres no chão. If a fork falls on the floor, a man will visit you. If a spoon falls, a woman will come. If a knife falls, there will be a fight so you cross the floor with it to avoid it. On the same note, when a woman is pregnant and people want to know if it is a boy or a girl they wrap a fork and a spoon in a napkin and place it on a couch. If the woman sits on the fork, it is a boy. If she sits on the spoon, it is a girl.
Guarda-chuva. If you open an umbrella inside your house, it will bring you bad luck.
Brinde. If you make a toast and your glass is empty, this will bring bad luck too.
What kind of superstitions do you have in your country? Are they like the Brazilian ones? Leave your comments and tell us!