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The Danger of a Parent's Curse

Traditionally Greek families tend to be very close, and there usually exists strong bonds between all members of the near family and the extended family.  Greeks place a very high respect on elders and younger children will often call elders "Aunt" or "Uncle" who are not blood relatives out of respect.

Parents have an even greater respect placed upon them.  It is customary for Greek children to ask the blessing of the parents, for example in marriage as to not have it is considered dangerous.

The Greek Orthodox church places a great value in parents, and in the up bring of their children into a Christian life.  In such, it is believed that disrespect towards a parent that has done a great deal for the child is considered shameful.  

Each man or woman is considered to have two fathers the physical father, and God.  The same can be said indirectly that each man or woman has two mothers one being the patron saint of Mothers the Virgin Mary and your mother. Therefore disrespect of your physical parent is thought to transcend to disrespect towards God.

This is where the superstition falls in.  It is believed by some that a curse of a parent will take effect as it will fall on the ears of God, who will pull his protection away from the disrespectful child.  This is called in Greek a "Parahorisi".  

There are two forms of Parahorisis one is for the Good as is the case with gifts from God such as being able to see Prophesy (St. John the Evangelist), smell myrrh (Jacob) etc.  The other form of Parahorisis is the feared form which can result in the worst case Possession.  

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Directly Related:

Take a look at a Greek Folk Tale which warns you to avoid the curse of a mother:  The Good Bee.  (A tale about how a mother's curse should be feared, and her praise most wanted.) 
A Parent's curse  This is a Greeks saying associated with losing a parent's blessing what could possibly be worse!

 

Other Superstitions:  

  • Kalikatzaroi Learn about these little goblins who are thought to run around from the period of Christmas to Epiphany stirring up trouble!
  • Itchy hand What could it mean if you have an itchy hand?
  • The Fall of Constantinople Learn about a superstition that became a prophesy!
  • Tuesday Find out why Tuesday is considered unlucky by Greeks.
  • The Number 13 Is the number 13 considered lucky or unlucky by Greeks?
  • Priests What is the superstition surrounding these highly respected members of the church?
  • The Use of Salt What can salt be used for?
  • The Use of Spitting What is spitting good for?
  • The Use of Garlic When and why should garlic be used?
  • The Evil Eye  One of the oldest superstitions passed down from pagan times!
  • Sneezing  What is thought to be behind you sneezing?

 

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