Many Korean superstitions revolve around death and dying. Perhaps it's because death has to do with the unknown, and people in every culture are frightened of the unknown. Superstitions were invented to keep everyone on their toes. To keep Korean children safe, certain superstitions were created, such as the one about ghosts on the rooftop that will sweep down and devour children who roam at night.
Korean Superstitions that Involve Death
Though Asian superstitions differ from region to region, the superstitions that arose from Korea tend to focus primarily on death. Sleeping with a fan on is one of the main superstitions known by all Koreans and believed by many. If you sleep with a fan pointed at you, particularly if it's pointed at your head, the fan will kill you.
Writing a person's name in red ink also is a sign of death. Since white is the color of funerals, if you wear white ribbons in your hair, you're inviting death to come knocking. Showering within 24 hours of receiving a vaccination can be fatal. And if an adult and a child are eating together, the child must eat the last bite of food or the child may die.
Several superstitions ingrained into the minds of Koreans have to do with dreaming of death. If you dream of someone who is already dead, do not go with them anywhere in the dream or answer any questions they ask, or you might also die. If you dream about something bad happening to someone and you talk about the dream before noon, the bad thing is sure to happen.
There's only one dream that involves death that seems to be a good omen in Korean culture: If you die in your dream, you will have good luck in real life.
Additional actions that could lead to an unpleasant ghostly encounter include whistling at night, hanging your feet off the side of the bed and sleeping on your back.
Korean Superstitions for Good Luck
Most Korean superstitions relay bad things that may happen to a person, but a few good superstitions can be found.
Unusual Korean Superstitions
Most Chinese superstitions are geared toward happiness and goodness as opposed to death or bad luck.
Filipino superstitions are colorful and ingrained into the traditions of the Philippines.