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5 Xitsonga Human Body Superstitions

Body language is an important form of communication and there are many ways in which our bodies tell us that something is wrong or right with us. However; in some cultures, your body may communicate a certain superstition or something not related to your health.

A superstition is an excessively trusting belief in the supernatural. Below are five Xitsonga human body superstitions, their meanings and also their scientific explanation.

  1. Sweaty Nose

It means you’re stubborn. Having a sweaty nose even when it is cold outside symbolised how stubborn and feisty you are as a person. A sweaty nose indicates a condition called hyperhidrosis, i.e. an excessive sweating.

Itchy Palm

When the palm of your hand itches, someone will give you money. This got anyone excited in anticipation because the thought of getting money out of nowhere is just…exciting! However; it was also a disappointment when you never received it at all. Itchy palms may be caused by skin conditions such as eczema, allergic reactions, diabetes and nerve disorders.

Twitching Eyes

When your upper eyelid twitches, you’ll see someone you haven’t seen in a long time (especially relative) and when your lower eyelid twitches, you’ll cry due to something bad that may happen in your life! A twitching eye is known as myokymia and it is an early warning sign of a chronic movement disorder.

Itchy Sole

When the sole of your foot itches means you will step on poop. According to Healthline, this sensation is called pruritus, it is a medical term for itchiness caused by an irritating sensation on the skin that makes one want to scratch and can take place anywhere including the sole of your foot.

Erect Hair

This feeling is known as goosebumps. Ever stepped into a room or a place and suddenly your hair stands? This indicated that you’re surrounded by evil and bad energy. Apparently the function of goosebumps is to raise your body’s hair, and make our ancestors appear and scare off predators.

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Hlulani Masingi, also known as Hlulz; is a young, vibrant and witty black South African Tsonga woman with a solid education and seven years media experience. She graduated at the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelors Degree in Media Studies and English Literature and Honours Degree in Media Studies and is currently pursuing her Masters Degree in African Languages and Linguistics in the Media at the same institution.

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