Thursday, January 7, 2010

The logic behind old wives tales

People say the truest most indigenous particles of ideas emanate brilliantly when ur anxiety is at the lowest level , simplest to say , it transpire when boredom creeps slowly and dreadfully into the moment. You are so wearily unoccupied u can slightly hear d puny voices inside your head arguing about which division of your brain cells should expired next. It always gives a tingling creepy vibe but oddly enough ,it would also stir your pond of thoughts in the same time.

As fancy and scholar as it may sounds , i dont usually trust the many unguided random waging tongues. To me , words come out from an unknown , said to be wise , probably didnt exist old man always has a twisted ends that supposedly end up with a hidden morale behind it. You probably think that i am bulling over here but u are dead wrong.

You see , like many other stained face little girl , i was brought up in a good old pinch on a back where your hand cant reach to rub the pain away kindda way , the nostalgic traditional fashion that is now feel like a distant past , where when conjured up always seemed vague than the last time.Albeit having a strong prominent Chinese genes in my system , the only thing i was remotely close to Chinese was my natural born slit eyes and a father who constantly speak but always too busy to teach (the one who at fault is me because i never bother to learn but regret miserably now).

I grew up completely in a Malay environment where you have to be home before dawn just because our little undeveloped brain has been consistently brainwashed into believing the fact that those are the time when the sneaky little devil come out to play and could by any menacing intention possess u or whatever. i never believe those lies , even if it were the truest of all.

I guess like many other cultures , Malays has alot of preserve old wives tales that somehow set a rules in our lives. Some are suffocating while others i reckon just being practiced so that u feel good about yourself. Where i grew up , this custom was inevitable .No matter how time washed away the ancient ethics ,this particular value never gets easily annihilated by the fast-pacing season.

Unfortunately , i used to get fooled by these rules setting proverbs but lucky for me i realized it sooner before everyone of my age did (few had been left in the dark comfy zone of their shallow minded brain) . As far as my memories stretch ,from a very very tiny girl , id always perceive things from plural perspectives and later on ruminating every ounce of logical relevant that i could gather from the particular subject in which i guess boarded me off from the land of innocence a tad bit early from anyone else. This is why i hardly ever give in my trust to any unsupported information without at least being filtered by one legitimate reason , what with the overloading untrustworthy junks in our cyber world nowadays.

That being said , i'd like to point out a couple of my most memorable old wives tale that not long time ago, nurtured me for what i am today. Even though most of it conceal the real meaning of the saying , but at least they do it for the greater good. Let me unravel the unknowing betrayal of our folkfather-mothers-sister-brothers behind their classical tongue.

Case 1 : Jangan nyanyi kat dapur , nanti kawen ngan orang tua
Logic : jangan nyanyi kat dapur lebih2 sangat sebab nanti jadi carried away pastu masakan bole jadi hangus / dapur ada potential to get burn / other accidents. the elders just added the kawen with org tua part to scare us girls , because lets face it ,being married to an old man isnt something u can carry around with a big heart without feeling a tiniest shame about it but hey it's cool if u like antiques tho.

Case 2 : Jangan duk depan pintu , nanti tade org nak datang meminang.
Logic : Back in those days , woman's official lepaking attire kan was kain batik or any other cloth fashioned to look like a sarong ,so i guess the elders came up with this saying because they have encountered many unaware flashers back then because sometimes when u are squatting , the kain batik tend to lose it forms on your body and end up having a big hole to where your crotch is being display to public.

Case 3 : Jangan cakap aku aku , nanti kene makan ngan hantu paku.
Logic : Im not sure if this is a well-known saying but it had me for quite sometime when i was in primary school .So my best bet about this saying being circulated was to educate the kids to not have a rotten tongue before the time they are allow to say it.

Case 4 : Jangan pindah2 tempat makan , nanti kawen banyak.
Logic : Shifting places while eating is not only annoying but also would make the place messy with pieces of dropping foods all over. but so to speak, to be married numerously is not a bad thing either.

Case 5 : Jangan duduk atas bantal , nanti bontot bisul.
Logic : People often drool their sour stinky saliva during sleep and those saliva that carry countless amount of unnamed bacteria would spread all over the surface of the pillow and these bacterias are infectious , thus giving u a good red boil on ur butt. Nothing complicated if u really think about it.

Case 6 : Kalau makanan yang dimasak itu masin , itu bermaksud awak nak kawen!
Logic : Masin sikit je cakap nak kawen , whatever! So my idea behind this is people thought u are day dreaming about getting marry to some rich stranger and u get carried away once again and without realizing u put the whole pack of salt into the cooking. voila~ mystery solved!

Case 7 : Kalau bulu mata jatuh , maknanya ada org rindu!
Logic : It's just the nature of our system, enuff said. dont get to excited whenever this happens again.

Case 8 : Jangan amek gambar 3 org , nanti sorang akan mati (or something like that)
Logic : Ali , Abu , Azli , Alan pergi zoo dan kemudian mereka singgah di kandang harimau. "Eh jom la ambil gambar" Ali berkata kepada semua. " Baiklah" yang lain berkata serentak lalu Abu mengeluarkan kamera dari bagnya dan memberikan kamera itu kepada Azli sambil berkata dgn bersahaja "Nah Azli ko amek ni tangkap gambar kiteorg" . Azli mengambil camera itu dgn muka yang ketat dan berkata dgn hati dengki yang amat sangat "Jangan amek gambar 3 org dohh , nanti salah sorang dari korang akan mati dulu , serious nie..org2 tua2 pun ada kata begitu". Lalu mereka pun balik dgn hati yang hampa kerana tidak dapat bergambar dgn harimau itu.

Bottom lines is , the fourth person is a lying bastard. If he cant be in the picture , no one can.

I think no one would survive reading all the way to this line considering the content is nothing more than a warm nice bullshit i just rationalize but if u are still reading let me reward you with a series of playful picture of me experimenting with my phone i captured sometime ago but always forget to publish.


Diana said...

semenjak ambik master ni ayat dia.. perghhhh! salute u la diena!

but then ya, bout those old wive's tales.. i remember one..

-"jangan bukak payung dalam rumah, nanti ular masuk.."-
yerla, payung kan ujung dia tajam.. umah dudulu kan kecik, bukak payung kang tercucuk mata, manade duit nak bawak gi spital.. hehehe

gud luck in ur studies! respect u kaw kaw nih!

cikudi said...


mana ada kene mengene ngan master i la u nihhhhh~ i kan dari dulu suke merepek2 cani..wehhh jom la amek master skali weh~ best nie amek master..

Mr. Tido said...

owhh..itu rupanya...