Malaysia is a multi-race country that rich with cultural heritage. Each races has their own taboos and superstitions. The elders use taboos to discipline youngsters. To ensure that the youngsters is well behaved.
Do not play during dawn Do not sit on the pillows Do not sing in the kitchen. Do not urinate on terminate bunk If you accidentally bite your tongue means someone is speaking bad of you Kids are not suppose to play outdoors during sunset
Do not open an umbrella at home. Pregnant women should watch their words while talking. Nails should not be cut at night. Women are not allowed to use broken mirror
Avoid whistling at night. Do not place a mirror directly facing your bed. Never to leave laundry hung in sunshine to stay there through the nocturnal hour. Always remind kids to never just pee anywhere they like. If you step on poo, you can expect some good luck to come to you.
Men should never perform female responsibility. One should never use the broom to sweep outwards at the front of the shop.
Do not proceed if a cat cuts across the way. If there is itching on your right or left palm, you can get some moneys or favors. Never call one back when the person is leaving the house. Do not let the guest of your house do the work. Do not eat in the dark when having a meal.
If a cat is heard crying, it’s a bad omen At times, there are fluttering in the eyes. Do not ‘asah’ both side of the pencil. When there is death, the picture of the deceased will hang upside-down and the furniture should bring outside the house.
Many sub-ethnic groups among indigenous tribes in Sabah and Sarawak live in rumah panjang (longhouses) and maintain their traditional spiritual/animistic beliefs.
For example, it is believed that bad luck would result if a visitor enters a new longhouse while it is being constructed. Walking under a longhouse is also considered taboo.
One should also never enter a longhouse without an invitation. The visitor should make his presence known by calling out from the bottom of the steps and after he is invited in, to leave his sandals or shoes outside before entering
Once inside the longhouse, he should immediately make his way to the elder’s room to announce his presence and state his business. Never enter the sleeping quarters of a family without prior consent.
Walking within the longhouse also has its restrictions and rules. Visitors must tread lightly, ensuring that they never walk over a person.
When leaving, visitors are required to partake in a local wine (usually made out of fermented rice), or stop for a chat; as it is believed that visitors who do not pause will take away the wealth of the house with them.