10 African and Caribbean superstitions you never heard the end of

January 15, 2018 at 12:15 pm | Culture

Farida Dawkins

Farida Dawkins | Contributor

January 15, 2018 at 12:15 pm | Culture

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Fady. Fady refers to taboos enforced by supernatural powers held in the culture of the Malagasy; the people of Madagascar.  Some of these beliefs include describing a newborn as unattractive, not pointing at a tombstone, and pregnant women ingesting eels.  When an up and coming business or entity is beginning, a ritual (joro) must be completed to prove that it isn’t fady.  Those who break a fady are labeled as unclean and are accused of interrupting the spiritual harmony of their surroundings.

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