Last night I watched a Nollywood movie with a dear friend. In this movie Chika Ike's husband, Clem Ohameze was terribly ill and their finances were so poor that they couldn't settle his hospital bills so she eventually had to sleep with his boss to get the money. She told her husband about the sex romp and the implication of this was that she couldn't give her husband anything (to eat), because if she did and he accepted it then he'll die.
I watched this absent mindedly till my friend said the same thing happens in his home town. He said if a wife should cheat on her husband and she tells him, he will die if he doesn't share this information with others, eg his kins men.
He also said that if the wife cheats on her husband and he finds out about this, and then eats food that she cooked, he would die.
I was all *rme* Hia!, whatever jor.
Then he also added that in his home town if the father dies, his sons each have to kill a native cow. If you fail to do this and later step foot on the burial ground of someone else's father you would surely die. He said when he lost his dad he had to kill two native cows, for himself and on behalf of his younger brother who was in the US at the time.
Still I rolled my eyes but I gave it some thought.
I remember a very close friend of mine being extremely tempted to cheat on her husband, she even travelled abroad to see this other boo, and did everything except actual intercourse, which she desperately wanted by the way, but couldn't because she heard that when a wife cheats on her hubster the man will die if he continues to eat her food, or something. She didn't want hubby to die mysteriously and then have fingers pointed at her, so she kept the affair emotional.
My friend of last night also told me of his uncle and aunt who have been married for several years, but uncle doesn't eat aunty's food because aunty has been unfaithful to uncle one time too many times, and if he eats madam's food it's a one way ticket to the grave... LOL.
I also remember someone saying to me in law school that is some parts of where she's from (Niger Delta) it's a great taboo for a man to give a woman (wifey or not) oral sex, if he does, something terrible will befall him. How dare a man debase and emasculate himself by putting his mouth in his lowly wife's filthy vagina? *clears throat* #movingon
Then there are those superstitions that aren't necessarily from our villages but which we heard from one place or the other and tend to believe. For instance if you see three black cats in one day, or a black cat three times in one day, then you should worry because something bad is about to happen. For instance, if you're planning to embark on a trip in the near future CANCEL IT ASAP!
Or if an owl circles above your roof at night that's a sign of doom, something terrible is about to before that household.
I know several people believe the owl superstition which is why most people say owls are evil.
Does your home town have any superstitions? Do you believe in any? Has any harm befallen anyone you know as a result of ignoring certain superstitions?
We've discussed stereotypes, incest within tribes, now let's discuss (your native) superstitions.