Why Do We Hold Our Breath Driving By Cemeteries?
With Halloween a week away, our minds go straight to spooky.
This morning we we got into a quick discussion about a very common superstition: holding your breath while passing a cemetery. I remember being a kid and learning about this. And by learning I mean, my older brother scaring me by telling me I'd wake up the dead.
Why in the world do we do this? Don't worry I did the research for you...
The City of Missoula's posted about Cemetery-Folklore and say we hold our breath while driving past a cemetery because we could possibly "breathe in the spirit of someone who has recently died."
They also add that tucking our thumbs into our fist while passing a cemetery will protect our parents.
In research by an author named Sanguinarius, they state that we hold our breath because "you will either wake a spirit with each breath or else you, still being alive, will make the spirits jealous."
I hope this clears up any concern you may have had regarding driving past cemeteries.
What are your superstitions?