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Pamahiin in Life and Death

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Nick Ballesteros spent his childhood days in Baguio City, worked in Makati, climbed mountains in Laguna and Batangas, and is now searching for hobbits in New Zealand. He shares his thoughts and experiences at www.nickballesteros.com, and his love for food at www.adobongblog.com.

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  • In the house of the deceased family, mirrors should be covered. It is a bad omen if you see the image of the deceased reflected there.
  • Family members should never accompany the guests when they leave.
  • No baths can occur in the house where the wake is taking place.
  • No cleaning in the house can be done where the wake is taking place.
  • When the coffin is taken out of the house for burial, the house must be cleaned immediately.
  • Before the coffin goes out of the house, water must be poured on its path.
  • A rosary is cut and placed on the hand of the deceased so that no other family member dies soon.
  • Before burial, the kids related to the deceased are passed over the coffin, then passed back again. This is so that the deceased will not visit them.
  • No tears should fall on the glass of the coffin.
  • If the deceased was killed, place some chicks on the coffin. This will make the murderer feel guilty and repentant and hopefully turn himself in.

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  • The child cannot move house or travel long distances if he’s not yet baptized lest harm befalls the baby due to evil spirits.
  • The umbilical cords of siblings may be tied together and hung by the window so that they will remain close to one another
  • Display the christening gown of the child during the reception after baptism. Place it where guests will see it. The child will become friendly and sociable.
  • Don’t let the child kiss a doll or a younger kid. The child will take some time before it will learn to talk. Or in the case of kissing a younger kid, this “kissee” will even be able to learn to talk much earlier than the “kisser”.
  • When the child is able to eat solid food, let it munch on cooked chicken’s behind so it will be able to master the art of speech faster.
  • Use a book as the baby’s first pillow, so the child will become intelligent.
  • On the child’s first birthday, gather things around him. Whatever he will like to play with will be his life’s passion.
  • Also on their first birthday, ask somebody who you would like their traits to be imitated by your child to be the first one to cut his hair. Usually this bit of hair is also inserted in a book to make the child intelligent.
  • When a child sucks his toes, he’s asking for a sibling.

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  • Sherry Mae Barce

    Some pamahiin about death is dreadful and you as a relative of the deceased sometimes don’t have a choice but to follow some of these beliefs. For me, we can follow some of the pamahiin about death because sometimes, there’s nothing wrong in obeying elders’ superstitious beliefs. But, sometimes, what you believe is what you see, so it’s still up to you how your faith works.

    Sherry Mae Barce
    Contributor, http://www.OurHappySchool.com

  • Pamahiins are part of our culture, passed on from generation to generation. The provincial setting is an even stronger backdrop for these, where beliefs in the supernatural is strong. But times are changing, as people’s attention is turned towards computers, the internet, and technology.

  • Actually, I was confused of so many pamahiin about death.. different people, places and culture have their own belief… I don’t know which one is right? some people say “supertitious belief becomes false belief…” they also say that God knows what will happen to us because He is the only one who can take our life.. Nobody knows…