Superstitious beliefs or superstitions are considered to be irrational beliefs about an object or action considered to influence the consequences of an event although the object or action and the event do not relate to each other.
Asians have been famous for their superstitious beliefs and practices. They are also known for passing these traditional beliefs from generation to generation. The Philippines, being an Asian country, has maintained and passed on a lot of customary beliefs that are being practiced by their ancestors. These practices may be based on religious beliefs, opinions, and/or real-life experiences of those who share it. These superstitious beliefs portray how people view the unknown and its means to appease the gods who controls the future. (Sta. Romana-Cruz, 1996)
There is a very great number of folk beliefs Filipinos carry starting from birth, to childhood and adolescence, to wedding, and even death. Filipino terms used for superstitious beliefs are paniniwala, kasabihan ng mga matatanda, and pamahiin. These beliefs tend to talk about life, family, luck, wealth, and health and one of the talked-about’s is women’s reproductive health during and after pregnancy. (Sta. Romana-Cruz, 1996)
One of the awaited stages of a woman’s life is their reproduction. Not only it is being excitingly anticipated, it is also the most susceptible part with regards to a woman’s health. Families, especially husbands and parents give their all-out care and support to the woman who is pregnant. Pregnant women seek for advices from doctors, elderly, and those who have experienced it and have been successful in overcoming it, about how they will have a normal delivery and a healthy baby. However, advices coming from the elderly and those who experienced it are most often than not considered to be superstitious but it still remain to be very influential to those who are pregnant, those around her and to those who are about to enter the stage of... [continues]
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