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.

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4 thoughts on “Did the moon cut your ear?

  1. 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 😀

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