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MYTHS AND LEGENDS


Proverbs, old sayings, riddles, spells and incantations, traditions and superstition. Since the first settlers laid tracks in Seychelles, the creole society has developed its own folklore, myths and legends. Before televisions and radios, children would sit around and listen to tales told by their elderly.

These often had a moral behind them used to teach children the correct way to live but many other tales also told of great treasures protected by Ghosts, and ghouls that roamed around the cemetries awaiting for an innocent passer by. Whether these are true or these stories were only tools to instill fear into dis-obedient children, they have been grounded in Seychelles culture and are still told to this very day.

Superstitions

- A Rooster that sings during the day, announces a visitor
- Dropping a fork during dinner announces a male visitor, dropping a spoon announces a female visitor.
- If you eat from the pot, it will rain on your wedding day.
- Do not start a project on a Friday, you will surely fail.
- Do not play with fire, you will wet your bed.
- Do not give someone money through the window or you will be ruined.
- Do not allow a baby to stare into a mirror, he/she will not grow teeth.
- Do not lend your broom to anyone, it will rob you of your luck.
- Do not count stars, you will get warts.

Folklore

It is believed in Seychelles that spirits communicate through dreams, and often it is a dead relative that comes to deliver a message of where treasures can be found. When this happens, the dream or good fortune must not be shared with anybody, or all the good luck will be lost.

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