INTRODUCTION

Folk beliefs, otherwise known as "superstitious beliefs", form part of a people's value system and culture. They basically reflect the customs, traditions, and mores of a group, which may be based on religious beliefs, opinions, old or popular practices.  They also tell of how a people view the unknown and the means to appease the gods that control the future.

Filipinos have a number of folk beliefs about life, family, luck, wealth, etc..  The Tagalog terms for folk beliefs and superstitions are: paniniwala (beliefs), kasabihan ng mga matatanda (what the old people say),  and pamahiin (superstitions).  The collection of folk beliefs on this page are written in Tagalog/Filipino, with appropriate translations in English.   The primary source of this collection is Neni Sta. Romana-Cruz's Don't Take A Bath on a Friday: Philippine Superstitions and Folk Beliefs. Manila: Tahanan Books, 1996.  Click on the contents link on the left to access the collection of Filipino folk beliefs.