Superstition Series Episode 7, A Filipino Funny Komiks
In the last episodes, I mentioned Filipino funny komiks superstitious beliefs about sleeping with wet hair. In this episode, let me tell you why most Filipinos don’t take a bath or shower in the evening.
My parents told me never to take a bath immediately after a long and sweaty workout, workday, etc. I don’t exactly know why, but when I was young, I washed after playing all day, and the next thing I knew, I couldn’t walk for a week! (A horrible experience!)
Our family told us that if we take a bath in the evening after a long day of work and stress, we will suffer from “Pasma" or hand tremors, sweaty palms, numbness, and pain. Just like what happened to me when I was in Elementary. It is a Filipino folk illness when cold is trapped inside your body. But just like the wet hair superstition, there is no scientific basis for this alleged illness.
I want to take a bath in the evening because it is freezing to take a bath in the morning, and it is very refreshing to take a shower before sleeping, but since I am still living with my parents, I can’t do that. YET! Hahaha!
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