Cursed!

Black Magic in The Philippines

I think most would say that Filipina and perhaps Filipino in general are far more superstitious than Westerners.  My girl friend  has a superstitious saying about so many things.  The other day we found 10 peso in the street.  She picked it up and said she had to put it separate from her other money.  When I asked her why she said “that’s what they say.”

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Another Filipina told me she had a dispute with a landlord so she put a curse on him and he died.  I tried to pursue this and she wouldn’t talk more.  I wanted to know when she had him cursed and when he died but she quickly went quiet when I asked for details.

Another Filipina told my girl friend that a mutual friend had been cursed and that something was wrong with his face.  It was basically rotting she said.  Now that seemed pretty impressive to me.  I tried to find out when her friend first found out about the curse, was it before or after the pinoy (man) started having problems.  Pretty easy for someone he did wrong to claim they did it as an act of revenge.  The man has a reputation as a player and the word is someone got angry for being made a fool of.

I’ve seen stories of “quack doctors” in the Philippines.  An expat told me his girl friend went to see one when she got sick.  The guy chanted a few things, did some odd things with animals and after a long illness, a few days later the girl was well again.

A couple of nights ago, our toilet seat fell and the noise it made didn’t make a lot of sense.  It just didn’t seem right.  Jessie is convinced it was the ghost of the old woman that lived here for many years.  As she was explaining, I must admit I had a few chills going up and down my back.

I don’t know what to make of all of these things.  Of course I’m skeptical but I wont totally dismiss it.  Maybe this is such a strong part of the culture for very good reason.  As a Westerner, I tend to think that Christianity and black magic should be mutually exclusive but that’s not how people live here.

I’d love to hear more stories along these lines.  What experiences have you had with Filipino and superstition?  I think I’ll go listen to Stevie Ray Vaughn’s version of “Superstition” now.  🙂  I’ve seen enough things in my life that I don’t dismiss the supernatural at all.  That doesn’t mean I believe it all either.  I just know that I will steer clear of it, no matter how tempting it is to put a curse on someone. 🙂

Rusty Ferguson

Rusty Ferguson is an American Expat living in Bogo, Cebu.

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Daryl Lister
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Daryl Lister

One of our former staff said to me once that if you scratch a catholic there,s a pagan underneath and i,ve heard so many superstitious stories here that would have me think thats true. Some of them are absolute gems.

Christine
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Christine

When I was a little girl in PI, we had a neighbour who can do these things. I remembered her telling my mother that “these things” must not be taken lightly. She said in order to maintain these “powers” and avoid repercussions, she must make offerings at the cemetary at the first full moon of every month. There was also a requirement to go to the cemetary on the 1st of November, to make offerings for all souls, not just the relatives. She said if offerings are not observed, the curse will return to the giver (of the curse). She… Read more »

MindanaoBob
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Coming through UPS, anne, you will have to pay customs on that package.

Tyleen
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Tyleen

Hi Rusty
You are sooo right. “Things” happen all the time that make me wonder.
I have noticed my filipina friend here in Vancouver has some interesting supersitions.
She has lived here for 17 yrs which just proves that you can take the girl out of the Philippines BUT you can;t take the Philippines out of the girl.
So I have been anxiously waiting for an update on Juliet. How is she doing? Is she adapting well??? Has your girlfriend gotten over her fright???

Paul
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Paul

Hi Rusty – I accept all of the superstitions, but just don’t put any faith in them. Nothing’s worse for a relationship than to have one’s “other half” believe in a superstition that normally has a 50-50 probability, have one express an opposing view, then have the “other half’s 50” occur. One never hears the end of the other’s belief being truer, and more superstitions get added to the “approved” list. 😉

Whenever the discussion comes up with asawa ko, I realize that it’s just another wonder opportunity to keep silent! 😆

Chris Dearne
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Hello again Agta, Its good to here that Dan is so rich, good luck to him! I honestly do not care what you have to say about treasure, you, as you say are a treasure hunter so you are a believer in the subject! Have you had much success or are you still exploring for some! Most of the things that you are saying are the same stories that I here in my area and if they are true then fine, if not, fine also! There is a section on LiP called FORUMS, this is the correct place to state… Read more »

Dave
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You got it, John. Thanks. It isn't what you spend, it is where you spend it.

David B Katague
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In Marinduque, we have several superstitions. The most common is the NONO'(goblins) followed by the Kapri ( tall people/giants). There are two kinds of Nono and Kapri, the bad and the good. Another superstition is, if you are dishonest, corrupt and take advantage of other people, you will be cursed and have bad luck, sickness in the family etc… I have seen several examples of these in Marinduque. Ghosts are also common. For example our neighbors tell us at night there is a WHITE LADY in our property. They believed this white lady is the ghost of my late mother-in-law… Read more »

Christine
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Christine

Rusty, there is a barrio not far from Bogo, up into the mountains a bit. I just forgot the name, but I will ask my bro. next time I talk to him. Apparently about 99% of the citizens in this barrio has this ability to curse (maldisyon) and poison people without a trace.

LJ
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My pinay told me a story that recently happened to her brother. They live in Bacolod but he had to go to IloIlo for some type of job review. On the boat over he had a conversation with an older woman and they had a very pleasant time conversing. After they got to IloIlo they parted ways and the brother was met by some people that asked where he was going. He mentioned the place he was going to and they offered him a ride there since they were headed that way also. As he was about to enter the… Read more »

merlie
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merlie

Holly guacamole! Hello all. I am filipino too, and don’t believe in any of this shit! That is what happens when a country is extremely christian, they dont learn much about science. True science, not intelligent designs by the christians. I am fortunate that although my parents were poor they read a lot and absorbed all the things they read. I grew up with neighbors tellimg me about “aswangs, kapre, nono, people who can turn into animals, people who can perform surgery with their hands, etc’, but my father always challenged them. If you know James Randi, he was a… Read more »

Christine
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Christine

I would just like to add that both my mother’s friend and the Filipina I met here both mentioned that one must not curse unless one is aggrieved. Otherwise, it will return to you tenfold. Meaning you don’t curse out of malice. So it would appear there are rules regarding this.

GenSan Chris
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Hi Tommy,

I tried to find out everything about the ship but found nothing! Whoever ownes it managet to really put the lid on it when even the press have said nothing! I will try to find out more!

MindanaoBob
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Hi chasdv – You got me!

jerry smith
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jerry smith

two weeks ago my brother in laws motorcycle was stolen. rite after it was stolen my wifes sister who is muslim went to and old women for help. the old women told her they would get it back and they would find it under a cover. two days ago a crew of field workers found it in a field coverd with grass and brush. i wasnt hopeful when my wife told me that story last week but who knows.did the old women see somthing or is it just a commen thing to cover stolen things in the philippines?

Paul
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Paul

Hi Tommy – (Secretly, I find #8 to be a blessing, too. I ran with the rats for too long!)

Rusty
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I mentioned in a comment I had noticed artwork in a church that seemed like it had pagan overtones to me. The Philippines largely worshipped animal gods before they were introduced to Christianity by the Spaniards. This drawing in the nearly 500 year old Basilica del Santo Nino in Cebu City shows a lion in “stick man” art that reminds me of pagan religions like the Celt’s.

For those that are interested in Philippine culture, I’ve started taking pictures of churches in Cebu. I TRY to visit one new church in Cebu Province each month.

GS
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GS

I had a maid last year. she left last week and after that I found a photo of a lady inside the cover of her pillow. The photo had a thread pieced in it.
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