A few weeks ago, I shared just five of the sayings or old wives tales that my Portuguese mamã has told me over the years, but since there are soooo many, I had to break them up over a few posts. Thanks to many family and friends, I received a lot of feedback and suggestions of many other sayings that I took to my mamã and verified with her, so my list is getting very long! And so without further ado, let’s get to another 5 interesting sayings!
6. When pregnant, you shouldn’t have anything in the pockets of your dress or apron that could touch your belly or wear anything around it (ie. like the village women that would have a key hanging from their apron) because wherever these things touched on the belly, however the baby was placed (face, head or buttocks), it would leave a mark or birthmark on that part of the baby. This also went for not allowing animals, such as cats or dogs, to sit or lie on your pregnant belly as it could leave a mark on the baby.
7. Don’t allow young babies to get to close to a mirror as it can delay their speech.
8. If you are around while an animal is being killed (such as chickens or a pig at your grandma’s house or a local farm), you can’t cry or feel sorry for the animal while it is being killed as it will take longer for them to die. They can sense that someone is feeling sad for them.
9. A similar saying as number 8 relates to the death of a loved one as well: if you keep crying for a great length of time over the death of a loved one, whether a family member or friend, their soul will sense it and will not be at peace. Portuguese mourning is a special event in itself, with the very traditional wearing of black or very dark colours being used for at least the first year of the death of someone very close to you.
10. Never put your purse on the floor or ground because it will make your money will go away faster.
Just a reminder for those who may be reading these and are not Portuguese/European…these are not verified/certified/real/professional/to be adhered to! They are simply “sayings” or “old wives tales”.
Stayed tuned for more soon in Part 3!