Wan Phing Lim

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Did the moon cut your ear?

As a child, I was told many superstitious lies to make sure I didn’t do anything stupid. Then I realised this was a common phenomenon among Asian parents.

One of these lies is that the moon will cut your ear if you point at it. Well, did it cut yours? I was 8 years old when my father told me it happened to him as a child. That night, there was a bright crescent moon shining outside my window. I decided to brave it.

I remember that night vividly. I was sitting up in my bed in my pyjamas, a pair of floral flannels, hugging my little pillow tightly. I raised my hand slowly and looked away, my face twisted in anticipation of a painful slit. But nothing happened. Quietly, I slumped back into bed and went to sleep. No nightmares, no fat horror moonface speaking into my ears.

The next morning I woke up and the first thing I did was check the back of my ear. I checked for signs of dried blood, any form of scab or scar, a slit, anything that proved my ear had been cut by the evil crescent moon.

Lies, all lies. I never trusted one of these superstitions ever again.

This is is the issue my flatmate and I address in our latest podcast. Our podcast is called The Shin & Wan Phing Show, and our latest episode is entitled ‘Another Lie of the Ancestor’.

Click here to listen.

9 comments on “Did the moon cut your ear?

  1. David
    September 27, 2015

    That happened on me. Maybe not all people will get a cut. But it happened on me a few times.

  2. Anonymous
    April 2, 2017

    I pointed to the moon and then my mom told me not to and why and I was worried and my mom told me to spit the water in the mouth not the drink one the one that comes out of your mouth she told me to spit it out three times but not making the water from your mouth come out and the next day it didn’t hurt and I was happy 😀

  3. Anonymous
    April 2, 2017

    Yay it didn’t 😀 but what about other people D:

  4. Anonymous
    April 2, 2017

    Try my moms idea if you don’t want it to happen 😀

  5. Wei Zeng
    October 14, 2017

    I point at the moon, but I didn’t get my ear cut off XD

  6. Jailynn L.
    July 22, 2018

    My Auntie and my older Cousin always told me dont point at the moon or your finger will fall off. So one night we were taking my grandma home and there was a big bright moon out and i was just staring at it to the point where I was so scared that I put my hands inside my shirt. So the whole ride to my auntie house I had my hands in my shirt. So we get to my auntie house and I was spending the night. So I fell asleep and you know how you you close your eyes and then it feels like you are blinking? That’s how it was. So we got there and they asked me, ” why do you have your hands in your shirt?” And I was like ” because the moon was gonna chop my fingers off” And they were laughing. I was only 6 and I didn’t know any better. And from that day forward, I never pointed at the moon.

  7. Anonymous
    October 4, 2018

    But once I was 6/7 I pointed at the moon, and my ear had a slight cut the next day

  8. Shannon
    January 21, 2019

    But my ear “rots” every time I point to the moon… I don’t even dare to do it now.

  9. sou saechao
    July 24, 2020

    although this might have been a “lie” for you, it was not for me. before my parents ever told me not to point at the moon, i pointed at it already by the age of four. the next morning i woke up with a cut under my ear and dried puss. no blood, but it was cut. i was confused. i told my mom about my ear and she asked me if i pointed at the moon, and i told her yes. she told me that i’m not supposed to point at the moon or else i’ll get a cut.

    fast forward into my adult life, i as a iu-mien person, met other asians who shared this superstition, particularly hmong people. they also tend to have this experience too. i also told my tongan friend about this, and he told me his in-law, a fijian woman, has had worse than a cut, they also began to experience paranormal activities.

    just bc it wasn’t true for you doesn’t mean it’s an ancestral lie. it’s also a shame to have named that episode “another lie of the ancestors” based on your own experience. just bc you didn’t see the results you had hoped for doesn’t mean it’s a lie. and to label it a lie, in my opinion, is disrespectful to the ancestral world.

    i honestly don’t understand how and why i did get cut after pointing at the moon. but i believe that it doesn’t need to be explained, not all things need to be explained.

    the only reason why i did point at the moon was bc i was always fascinated by the moon as a child. i learned to point with my eyes, and not with my finger. this is the special connection i personally grew to have with the moon. i respect and admire the moon, as a child and now as an adult.

    that cut i received, felt like it created a special connection between the moon and i.

    but no, it isn’t an ancestral lie.

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