Growing up with superstitions and woo
Post Reply
 
Thread Rating:
  • 0 Votes - 0 Average
  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5
15-05-2015, 10:41 AM
Growing up with superstitions and woo
Just this week I was having a discussion with a friend at work about Christianity and all the seemingly stupid superstitions that are involved with different sects / denominations.

I was raised Pentecostal so I saw a lot of weird shit. Exorcisms, crazy prophesies over the congregations that scared the bah-jezus out of me, 2 hour long tongue speaking prayer services. You name it.

One thing that came to mind was all the weird superstition that sprouted from certain beliefs. I specifically remember my mother loving to read and watch movies. However she was so brainwashed that she believed evil spirits would somehow leap onto her from these movies and books. So what did she do? She put them out in the garage at night. So if she got a book from the library or a movie from Blockbuster and it was anything other than rated G, out in the garage it went; as if the wall separating the garage and our kitchen was a spiritual fortress of special matter that would keep an evil spirit out. When I think back I can't even comprehend how she rationalized this in her brain. It makes no sense at all to me now. How could she get from point A to point B to justify even watching / reading them to begin with?

I'm curious to know if anyone else grew up with similar superstitious beliefs....either in your family or friends that you knew. I'd love to hear the stories..... Big Grin
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 1 user Likes Tonechaser77's post
15-05-2015, 10:43 AM
RE: Growing up with superstitions and woo
(15-05-2015 10:41 AM)Tonechaser77 Wrote:  Just this week I was having a discussion with a friend at work about Christianity and all the seemingly stupid superstitions that are involved with different sects / denominations.

I was raised Pentecostal so I saw a lot of weird shit. Exorcisms, crazy prophesies over the congregations that scared the bah-jezus out of me, 2 hour long tongue speaking prayer services. You name it.

One thing that came to mind was all the weird superstition that sprouted from certain beliefs. I specifically remember my mother loving to read and watch movies. However she was so brainwashed that she believed evil spirits would somehow leap onto her from these movies and books. So what did she do? She put them out in the garage at night. So if she got a book from the library or a movie from Blockbuster and it was anything other than rated G, out in the garage it went; as if the wall separating the garage and our kitchen was a spiritual fortress of special matter that would keep an evil spirit out. When I think back I can't even comprehend how she rationalized this in her brain. It makes no sense at all to me now. How could she get from point A to point B to justify even watching / reading them to begin with?

I'm curious to know if anyone else grew up with similar superstitious beliefs....either in your family or friends that you knew. I'd love to hear the stories..... Big Grin

I didn't really grow up with superstitions--I mean other than praying to dead saints and on rosary beads.
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 1 user Likes jennybee's post
15-05-2015, 10:52 AM
RE: Growing up with superstitions and woo
My Mum is a psychologists wet dream.
She's not religious (despite wearing a gold cross, a gift from someone)
Neither does she believe in ghosts, UFO's, the Illuminati or psychics.

However, being a bit of a new-age type, she reads her horoscopes on a regular basis and frequents those hippy type shops (you know the ones that specialise in selling incense and dragon statues) to buy healing crystals... She is a real enigma Laugh out load

I will admit to having a thing for incense sticks myself though! Big Grin

"Isn't it enough to see that a garden is beautiful without having to believe that there are fairies at the bottom of it too"? - Douglas Adams Bechased
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 2 users Like LostLegend's post
15-05-2015, 10:56 AM
RE: Growing up with superstitions and woo
I grew up in a secular home. I had three older brothers and a sister that would try to scare me to death with ghost stories and scary movies.

but bringing the movie or book inside to view it and then putting it back out at night is a new one I hadnt heard of before.


met an ancient woman in the hills of WV once that was convinced snakes had to be killed or "they will charm you and then your're done for!"

she was kinda scary, especially with the hatchet in her hand. Gasp (not joking)


"Life is a daring adventure or it is nothing"--Helen Keller
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 1 user Likes Bows and Arrows's post
16-05-2015, 03:26 AM
RE: Growing up with superstitions and woo
I did. Grew up pentalgostal myself. My parents went near as crazy as some of those people. Like one week we can celebrate Christmas the next we could. One week we couldn't watch TV next week we could. Now I'm meaning that that us what the church would say; my parents didn't jump on that roller coaster. Thank goodness for that.
My aunt and her family were are crazy. They wear dresses and women stayed inside with their mouths shut having babies. They homeschooled and they would throw their TVs radios and stuff away to buy it back later as god said it was OK now. Sometimes they could celebrate holidays sometimes not. But the craziest part was they thought certain names were of the devil and if you had these names you had to change it. My cousin had to change her name then they tried to make my dad change his. Oh and they refused to have anything to do with my other aunt sating she and her family were if the devil. Good times . lol
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
16-05-2015, 03:57 AM
RE: Growing up with superstitions and woo
Could you please contact the members of your Pentecostal past and let them know that when I was in The Philippines (a place where Roman Catholicism influences the education of the impoverished masses and superstition is strong) I picked up a quantity of pre-blessed cling-film.

[Image: 20110327230145.jpg]

They only use holy water in the manufacturing process.

It is 100% guaranteed to protect anything that is wrapped therein... either by keeping evil spirits out or by keeping the evilness contained within.

Only $199.99 per roll +p&p

While stocks last.

Thumbsup

Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 4 users Like DLJ's post
16-05-2015, 06:24 AM
RE: Growing up with superstitions and woo
(15-05-2015 10:43 AM)jennybee Wrote:  I didn't really grow up with superstitions--I mean other than praying to dead saints and on rosary beads.

I'll bet you didn't eat meat on Fridays either..... And what's up with the ashes on your forehead.?????..... hmmmm

Tongue

.......................................

The difference between prayer and masturbation - is when a guy is through masturbating - he has something to show for his efforts.
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 3 users Like onlinebiker's post
16-05-2015, 07:34 AM
RE: Growing up with superstitions and woo
(16-05-2015 06:24 AM)onlinebiker Wrote:  
(15-05-2015 10:43 AM)jennybee Wrote:  I didn't really grow up with superstitions--I mean other than praying to dead saints and on rosary beads.

I'll bet you didn't eat meat on Fridays either..... And what's up with the ashes on your forehead.?????..... hmmmm

Tongue

Yupppp Smile
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
16-05-2015, 07:54 AM
RE: Growing up with superstitions and woo
I grew up Catholic but it mostly a cultural thing and not really bought into. It was more about doing what was expected than it was about belief.

The balance was having a father who was a veterinarian so science was huge in our house. I grew up in a home with a microscope - lots of fun...helped with small animal surgeries, witnessed post-mortem examinations, mixed chemicals to make medications, and watched as dad studied genetics through tracking the breeding and offspring of my sister's pet rabbits.

We were pretty woo-free.

See here they are the bruises some were self-inflicted and some showed up along the way. - JF

We're all mad here. The Cheshire Cat

Are my Chakras on straight?
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
16-05-2015, 08:25 AM (This post was last modified: 16-05-2015 08:29 AM by pablo.)
RE: Growing up with superstitions and woo
I went to a Catholic funeral last year.
I watched the preist, in his fancy robes and silly hat, waving around a really fancy smoke bomb.
I wondered to myself how they couldn't see that this looked just as nutty as someone killing a chicken and stabbing a voodoo doll.
Find all posts by this user
Like Post Quote this message in a reply
[+] 3 users Like pablo's post
Post Reply
Forum Jump: