Friday, May 25, 2012

【Japanese Superstition】When You See A Hearse Or Funerals

I think especially children tend to follow this practice, but when seeing hearses or passing houses holding funerals, some Japanese tend to hide their thumbs. Actually,when I was a child, so did I. It is because there is a superstition that if you don't do this, your parents would die young.

In Japanese, we call our thumbs "Oyayubi", "oya" means parents, "yubi" represents fingers or thumbs. Hence, this custom is derive from the concept "protecting our parents". 

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