In a previous post we wrote about those who believed in good luck plants. They were winners because their belief motivated them to make their dreams come true. Like the young couple from Bulacan we mentioned in our blog who were gifted with a couple of Red Palms by their Ninong.
How about people who believe that some fruit trees bring bad luck?. There are people like that and their belief can bring about something tragic.
Just before sitting down to write this piece, Cles Rambaud, the editor of Bannawag Magazine, was telling us how a belief in unlucky trees had deprived members of the family of his older brother the pleasure of eating sweet and nutritious chicos.
The brother had to cut down a chico tree that was already bearing a lot of fruits in front of their house when he heard from a visiting fortune that fruit trees with black seeds like chico are a no-no to plant in front of the house. Such a tree would bring bad luck to the occupants.
Cles just shook his head while telling us about the incident. Had he known, he would have prevailed upon his brother to refrain from cutting down the fruitful chico tree.
Well, come to think about it, the chico tree was unlucky indeed because it was cut down during its prime. And the owner was just as unlucky because his family was deprived of fresh fruits to eat.
UNLUCKY BAYAWAK – In the old days in our town, Circa 1950s, farmers who were also fishermen believed that there are unlucky creatures that you should avoid when you go fishing.
One of them is the “bayawak” or monitor lizard. One late afternoon, Mang Kulas was on his way to install his “parisris” in the rice fields when a bayawak crossed his path. Do you know what he did? He returned home because he believed that encountering a monitor lizard on the way to fish was a sure sign he would not catch any fish.
By the way, “parisris” consists of a bamboo stake with a line and hook. The hook is baited with earthworm which the fish would bite and thus get hooked. The gadget is usually installed in the late afternoon which the farmer would go to check the next morning. Usually, the farmer would catch enough for the family and sometimes for sale.
Indeed, encountering the bayawak was bad luck for Mang Kulas whose family did not have fish to eat the following day.