Thai Superstitions

(1) Do not take off a ring from someone else’s finger because you will be taking away the people they love.
(2) Do not spit in the toilet because you will have a mole on your lips.
(3) Do not spit towards the sky because it is a sin.
(4) Do not pluck your eyebrows during the evening because bad things will happen to you.
(5) Do not plough on holy days because the rice won’t grow.
(6) Do not say to a baby that they are cute because the ghost will come and take the baby away.
(7) Do not break anything on your wedding day because it is a sign that your marriage won’t last.
(8) Do not drop chopsticks during the Chinese New Year because you won’t make a good living.
(9) Do not let a woman sit on a staricase for a long time because she will have a difficult labour.
(10) Do not sit higher than a monk because it is a sin.
(11) Do not sit on the big water jars because it is a sin.
(12) Do not sit on pillows meant for your head because you will get a painful rash on your behind.
(13) Do not count off the names of people that have died because you will be next.
(14) Do not keep anything belonging to the temple inside your house because a disaster will happen to you.
(15) Do not offer the same food to your dead ancestors and to the monks because you will then rot in hell.

5 responses to “Thai Superstitions

  1. 7&8. You wouldn’t drop or break anything on auspicious days like Chinese new year and Wedding day. Thanks.

  2. Great website. I fell in love with Thailand too. Will be coming back to this country many times, and your site will be a great insight and info source.

  3. “”(13) Do not count off the names of people that have died because you will be next.””

    That was profound and also very funny!! Surprisingly, it is at serial no 13

  4. I refer to No. 10. above. Do not sit higher than a monk because it is a sin.
    In my Therevada Buddhist country of Sri Lanka, too, there is this popular notion that it is not proper to sit higher than a monk in his presence. But it is not exactly a superstition. It is regarded as more disrespectful than a superstition. The idea is: don’t sit higher than a monk and disrespect him. You sit at a lower level or preferably on the floor.

  5. Interesting and useful list of superstitions here. I was thinking of doing a post on superstitions myself, so these should really help to give me some ideas.

    One I heard was about a particular type of bird, like an owl or something. If people here that own hooting, it means someone is going to die. So when that bird comes around, people go and kill. Lucky bird huh!