The Yoruba people are
well known for their numerous cultural and religious beliefs which guides them
mentally, spiritually and morally in life. There are legions of beliefs among
the Yoruba people, but here, we are talking about some ten funny ones.
1. Child, teeth and
I bet it, those who
are familiar with this one are laughing right now. It is a normal experience to
have some teeth fall-out during childhood days. And whenever this happens,
the child or victim will have to wait for another tooth/teeth to grow out of
the gum. But in Yorubaland, the people believed that if you don’t throw the
tooth/teeth on the roof alongside seven (7) stones and pray that Lizards
swallow them, your tooth/teeth may not grow again! That’s it, believe it or
not, it won’t grow properly. How come?
2. Eating the meat or
fish before finishing the food can result to greediness
If you grow up among
the Yoruba people and you didn’t come across this belief, then your childhood
must be missing somethings. Children do not dare touch their meat or fish
before finishing their food. If they do, they are surely requesting for a knock
on their head, or a slap, just because Yoruba mothers believe it will lead to
the child being greedy. So, don’t touch that meat, else…..
3. Playing with an
umbrella without rain falling
This sound like a
normal thing to do. Of course it is, but among the Yoruba people, if you play
with an umbrella without rain falling at that moment, they believe that there
is going to be continuous rainfall on your wedding day. Who wants this? Nobody!
So, don’t play with an umbrella when rain isn’t falling.
4. Ghosts visit their
homes on Thursday nights
Why Thursday nights?
Why can’t it be any other nights? In Yorubaland, they believe that gnomes visit
their homes on Thursday nights to check if everything is in order. This is a
warning, don’t take your bae to the backyard on Thursday nights, else both of
you wana see a ghost.
5. The rain, the sun
and the Tiger
There are some situations
whereby the sun will shine during rainfall. It’s not a new thing, it happens
frequently, but why? If you ask the scientists, they’ll tell you it’s nature
and some….. But if you ask the Yoruba people too. The Yoruba people, they will
tell you that a Tiger is giving birth! They believe that whenever this happens,
a Tiger is about to be born.
6. Drinking coconut
water will make someone’s brain dull
No proof, no evidence,
the Yoruba people just believe that drinking the water from coconut will dull
someone’s brain. Would you like to have some?
7. The mirror,
nightfall and ghosts
The Yoruba people
believed that looking at the mirror at night will make you see a ghost as your
own reflection. This belief scared the hell outta children?
8. Putting a piece of
wool on the head stops hiccups
This is a popular but
funny belief among the Yoruba people. They believe this wool method for
stopping hiccups work mostly for infants whose skull is still soft.
9. Pregnant women and
safety pins
Whenever you see a
pregnant woman in Yorubaland with safety pin(s) attached to her dress, there is
no other reason behind it than being afraid of spirits entering into her womb.
The Yoruba people so much believe in this custom of safety pins preventing
spirits from gaining entrance into the womb of a pregnant woman. Hardly will
you see a typical Yoruba pregnant woman without safety pinned to her dress.
10. Banana tree can
flog people
This sounds funny and
crazy? But the Yoruba people don’t joke with it. According to the Yoruba
people, if you cut a banana tree with a blade and apply powdered peeper to the
surface of the cut, you will be severely flogged by the spirits dwelling inside
the banana tree. Don’t try this at home! Hahahaha.
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