Superstitious Beliefs in Jamaica
If a woman is pregnant, she should not look at a dead body or her baby will die.
A pregnant woman should not look at a disfigured person or feel sorry for them, or the child will be born with some resemblance to the object of her pity.
If a baby boy looks like his mother, then he’ll be lucky. If a girl looks like her father, she too will be lucky.
If a person dreams about a nest full of eggs it means riches.
If you dream about a wedding, there’s going to be a funeral.
If a man dies with his eyes open, someone else in the family will die soon afterwards.
Dreams about death mean someone will be born into the family.
The mournful howling of a dog at night means that someone will die soon.
If a house is swarmed by ants it means that someone will die.
To prevent misfortune, a person who is building a house must kill a fowl (chicken) and pour its blood along with white rum on the ground at the four corners of the building.
The number 13 is bad luck.
If a bug drops dead in front of someone, it means that some misfortune will happen to that person.
If someone is eating and a bit falls from his or her mouth, it is believed that a dead relative knocked it out for himself.
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Source: Jamaica Information Service in commemoration of National Heritage Week 1998.
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