Upon reading through about a dozen articles, and talking to a few of my Korean friends about superstitions, I’ve put together a list of the top 5 that appear to be the MOST popular in Korea:
1. Red Ink
In Korea, red ink is used to record a death in the family registry, so it is bad form to write any living person’s name in red ink. It’s also considered to be very unlucky. This superstition takes it a step further by saying if someone has written another person’s name in red ink, they must want them dead. *Shivers*
2. The #4
This superstition is widely known, and for good reason. In Korean, the number 4 is pronounced as Sah. The pronunciation is quite similar to the Chinese word for “death” (many Han words share characters that come from Chinese symbols). You will notice in many Asian countries (not just Korea), that in elevators the number 4 is often-times replaced by the letter “F” or might just be skipped altogether.
3. Whistling at night
If you whistle at night, or even play a piri (Korean wind instrument), you could inadvertantly summon snakes…or even ghosts! I wonder if a tea kettle is just as bad?!
F. Fan Death
Fan death is probably the most common Korean superstition. The superstition is that a person can die from suffocation by leaving an electric fan on all night while sleeping in a closed room. There are so many people who believe this superstition, companies that make electric fans have installed timers, so the user can set it to turn off after they have fallen asleep!
5. Moving Day
Picking the right day to move is important; especially in Korea. There are a couple of things associated with this particular superstition:
- You must pick the right day; in other words, move on a day “without evil spirits or uninvited guests.” Many moving companies in Korea will provide a calendar showing the days that are safe for a move. Luckily, there are a handful of days each month that are great for moving your belongings without those pesky spirits tagging along.
- The day you choose to move, you will load all of your things into the moving truck and leave…all without doing a final sweep and clean of the place. It is said that by doing so, you confuse any left behind spirits into thinking that you still reside in the same place. By the time the new tenants move in and clean up, it’ll be too late for the spirits to find you.
*Bonus: If it rains on your moving day, it means you will become rich! Hooray for rain! ^^
The superstition says that if you touch your eyes after touching a moth or butterfly, you will go blind.
2. Cutting nails at night
Trimming your nails at night is a no-no. Why? Because mice will eat the nail clippings, transform into a human, take your form, or even steal your soul!
*Note: This superstition began in the days before electricity.
3. Showering and vaccinations
If you shower within 24 hours of being vaccinated (it doesn’t matter what the vaccination was for), you will die. Although, I’ve heard of many that have showered and lived to see another day. 😉
How many of these have you heard before? Which ones, if any, do you believe?
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Have a SPOOKTACULAR day~! ^-^