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Old 03-21-2012, 09:49 AM
 
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My grandma was Romanian and incredibly superstitous. I was compiling a list of things she told me when I was growing up (never return to the house after you've left = bad luck, don't put your purse on the floor = your money will drain out of your life, don't let a cat in the room while you are telling a secret = it will turn into gossip or get compromised in some way, etc.)

One of the reasons that I am so excited to move to New Orleans is that its a very soulful, rich place with its own share of local customs and supertstitions. I am familiar with a few, like the lagniappe concept, but I wondered if there were other less common ones anyone has to share. I always find this stuff fascinating.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:02 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Red beans and rice on Monday.

Lucky beans from St. Joseph's altars.

The whole Lenten season.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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Thank for the interesting thread, confusedasusual!

I've never been to New Orleans but my childhood barber was a colorful old Cajun. When he cut my hair, little bits would fly around, get in my nose and cause me to sneeze uncontrollably and repeatedly. After awhile, he learned that there was no use trying to continue the haircut till my sneezing fit had passed.

Instead he would leap backwards, strike a defensive posture with his scissors and razor strap and scream, SCAT, SCAT!!!, apparently, implying that my sneezing fits reminded him of a couple of cats fighting in the alley. It never failed to evoke hysterical laughter from the crowd of guys in the other barber chairs and waiting area.

Years later, I was relating this story to a friend at school, who knew the family even better than I and he told me that the barber was quite superstitious and may very well have been trying to chase away evil spirits that may have been expelled through my sneezing.
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Old 03-21-2012, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Mostly in my head
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Burying a St. Joseph statue upside in the ground if you are trying to sell your house.
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Old 03-21-2012, 01:31 PM
 
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Burying a St. Joseph statue upside in the ground if you are trying to sell your house.
I've always wondered who the patron saint of realtors, is.
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Old 03-21-2012, 07:45 PM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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Burying a St. Joseph statue upside in the ground if you are trying to sell your house.
That's nationwide I think, we even know that one in Canada.

P.S. Great thread, I love it!
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Old 03-21-2012, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Da Parish
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Use crushed brick to scrub the front stoop for protection from evil. Play jazz music on March 19th to protect yourself from the axe man, (we never made this a practice, but I can remember my Dad mentioning this and being scared and they had to assure me the axe man was long dead). Then there was my Grams who said we should cross the street instead of walking in front of the Lalaurie house, (when asked why I was told it was a "bad" house by my Grams).

I don't know about these, but Grams said that it was bad luck to kill a spider in the house and to never put a hat on the bed because it means someone will die.
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Old 03-22-2012, 09:22 AM
 
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Who is the patron saint of artificial limbs-- isn't there some little chapel where people cast off their prosthesis? Someone was telling me about that.

The Axe Man is a great New Orleans boogeyman, and I have heard about the LaLaurie murders many a time. Of course, there is a ton of stuff around Voo Doo-- triple Xs on Marie Laveau's grave and an offering. I feel like what I know is mainly the stuff they tell tourists. Any traditions or superstitions around food? New Orleans has such a fantastic food culture.
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Old 03-22-2012, 10:15 AM
 
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Who is the patron saint of artificial limbs-- isn't there some little chapel where people cast off their prosthesis? Someone was telling me about that.

The Axe Man is a great New Orleans boogeyman, and I have heard about the LaLaurie murders many a time. Of course, there is a ton of stuff around Voo Doo-- triple Xs on Marie Laveau's grave and an offering. I feel like what I know is mainly the stuff they tell tourists. Any traditions or superstitions around food? New Orleans has such a fantastic food culture.
I've felt drawn to New Orleans since I was a child and have often had dreams where I was walking through its streets, alleyways or courtyards, (don't know what they were, really), though oddly, there were no people around. I've also dreamed that I was walking through that cemetery, (I think it is called St. Louis Cemetery), with the above-ground mausoleums. I have a strong interest in metaphysical and occult subjects and this is one of the many reasons I am so interested in New Orleans.

As I mentioned earlier, I've never been there but have conversed frequently with those who have both in person and online. Of course, opinions on various subjects can differ quite a bit, depending on who you're talking to. One of the more striking observations I've made is that virtually everyone I've communicated with seems to take Santeria Voodoo to be deadly serious, extremely potent and something not to be messed with or taken lightly in any context. Naturally, that makes me want to learn more about it but apparently, even that, can be dangerous.
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Old 03-22-2012, 04:07 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Who is the patron saint of artificial limbs-- isn't there some little chapel where people cast off their prosthesis? Someone was telling me about that.
The chapel is St. Roch Chapel in St. Roch Cemetary
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