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Seven worldly superstitions to get you in the Halloween spirit

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1.     Thailand

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Source: Jose Bodalo (Flickr)

You’ll find many beautiful temples in Thailand and it’s easy to be mesmerised by their beauty. However, remember to always step over the raised threshold of a temple and not on it. Thai Buddhists believe that holy spirits reside in these thresholds and stepping over them helps avoid the disturbance of the spirits.

2.     Machu Picchu, Peru

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Source: Patrick Savalle (Flickr)

The Intihuatana Stone in Machu Picchu is a ritual stone aligned with the astronomic clock or calendar of the Inca. Legends believe rubbing your forehead against it may allow you to peek into the spirit world. 

3.     Japan

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Source: D Wright (Flickr)

Funeral processions are a common sight in Japan, however, it’s advisable to hide your thumbs when you pass by one. In Japanese, thumbs are called ‘oyayubi’ which means ‘parent finger’. Hiding them from processions will protect your parents from unsavorry deaths, and prevent spirits that are hovering nearby from entering your body. 

4.     Pelabuhan Ratu, Indonesia

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If you love the colour green, maybe it’s best if you find another colour to wear when you’re taking an idyllic swim in the sea at Pelabuhan Ratu beach. Several people who have taken a dip have vanished, as it is believed that Nyi Roro Kidul (Queen of the Southern Sea of Java) takes the lives of those wearing her favourite colour – you guessed it, green. 

5.     Turkey

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Source:  Paul Sableman (Flickr)

Think twice before popping a stick of chewing gum in your mouth at night when you’re in Turkey. It is said that by nightfall, it’s not gum you’re chewing anymore, but the flesh of dead people. Perhaps it’s a good thing after all that chewing gum is banned in Singapore! 

6.     Fengdu City, China

Also known as Ghost City which dates back to the Eastern Han dynasty, locals believe that the ‘Nothing-to-Be-Done-Bridge’ connects the living world and the netherworld. It is said that crossing it successfully will bring you good luck.

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Source: Michael Lusk (Flickr)

Also known as Ghost City which dates back to the Eastern Han dynasty, locals believe that the ‘Nothing-to-Be-Done-Bridge’ connects the living world and the netherworld. It is said that crossing it successfully will bring you good luck.

7.     Korea

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Source: madamepsychosis (Flickr) 

If you’re ever writing a card to someone or filling in documents in Korea, never ever use red ink as this signifies the person’s impending death. In traditional Korean culture, red ink is used to record a deceased person’s name in a family register – thus the association of death with the colour. 

Now that you’re armed with this intriguing yet spine-tingling information, you don’t have to worry about committing any cultural faux pas when you head over to these countries! Itching to put these tips to use? ZUJI Singapore is now offering special deals for VISA cardholders, making it easier for you to plan your next vacation! 

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