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Monday, June 17, 2013

50 Fishy Superstitions


Here is a nice collection of folklore and superstitions about fish:
  1. A certain bone in the head of a fish will bring good luck, if kept on your person. 
  2. An empty fish tank means bad luck financially.
  3. When a pet fish dies, something bad was deflected from the owner or household.
  4. To ensure good luck and safety, a fish should always be eaten from the head toward the tail.
  5. It's a bad sign to get married when the fish aren't biting.
  6. Throw back the first fish you catch then you'll be lucky the whole day fishing.
  7. If you count the number of fish you caught, you will catch no more that day.
  8. Sometimes fish fall during a rain. 
  9. It's bad luck to say the word "pig" while fishing at sea.
  10. To dream of fish means someone is going to have a baby.
  11. In Japan, all fish are considered lucky, as the word for fish, “yu” is pronounced the same as the word for bounty or surplus.
  12. A crawfish pinching one of your toes will not let loose until it thunders. 
  13. There is a precious stone in the head of a crawfish.
  14. Carry on your person the precious stone from the head of a crawfish and you will have good luck. 
  15. Carrying a carp fish charm brings good luck, especially to lovers.
  16. Carrying the dried eye of a cod will bring good luck.
  17. Koi fish bring fame and riches.
  18. If you have goldfish in the house, you will be ailing all the time until you get them out. 
  19. If you blow your breath into a goldfish jar, the fish will die. 
  20. Having a painting of a gold fish is just as lucky as having an actual fish.
  21. It causes bad luck to keep goldfish in the house. 
  22. Never let anyone give you a goldfish or you will have bad luck. 
  23. Eat snappers and groupers, you will live a long time.
  24. If you say the entire word "plecostomus" outloud, your Pleco will die. 
  25. It's bad luck to step on a catfish.
  26. A giant wriggling catfish makes earthquakes.
  27. Do not count the crabs until all are collected or it is bad luck on the uncollected pots.
  28. Keep a piece of oyster shell in your pocketbook for luck and money. 
  29. Minnows come by spontaneous generation. 
  30. If the Arowana jumps out of the tank and dies, it means it saved you or your family from a bad omen.
  31. The bone in the head of a white perch is especially lucky, if carried by a fisherman. 
  32. When Sharks are following a ship, especially three sharks, it’s a death omen.
  33. Wearing an eelskin garter cures cramps.
  34. Rubbing a wart with eels’ blood makes it go away.
  35. A live eel in a drink cures a person from drunkenness.
  36. Witches and sorcerers wearing eelskin jackets protects them from bullets.
  37. A cooked eel will become raw if left uneaten.
  38. A whole eel can be used to cure deafness.
  39. Eel fat will render fairies visible to humans
  40. Eating an eel heart gives you the power of prophecy
  41. Eating a whole eel will strike you dumb.
  42. It’s bad luck to burn a haddock.
  43. Shedding blood near where herring frequent causes the herring to desert the area.
  44. Laying a salted herring at your feet will relieve a sore throat.
  45. Suspending a herring from the ceiling on Good Friday will keep your house free from flies during the summer.
  46. Eating tench makes you strong and wise and can cure illness.
  47. Other freshwater fish rub themselves against tench when they are sick.
  48. Putting a trout’s head into a patient’s mouth cures whooping cough.
  49. Drinking beer in which a trout has been drowned cures whooping cough.
  50. Drinking milk in which a live trout has been made to swim cures whooping cough.
Note: This post was put together by Shirley Twofeathers for Gypsy Magic, you may repost and share it only if you give me credit and a link back to this website. Blessed be.

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