978. Curaçao has a Weird Relationship with Salt

A yu’i Kòrsou will more often than not hesitate to pass salt by hand at the table. A little nagging voice inside his / her head will go: “oh noh… I’m sitting right next to the salt shaker, they’re gonna ask for it any minute… maybe I should offer to pass it…” When the person across the table inevitably asks for salt, a yu’i Kòrsou will pick up the shaker, reach across the table and put it back down on the table, ignoring the person’s extended hand… Why, you ask? Well passing salt by hand brings bad luck!

If there happens to be a catastrophic salt spill at the table, the yu’i Kòrsou will bite his / her lower lip and squint, patting the spilled salt with the right palm of his / her hand, throwing the patted salt over his / her shoulder. The yu’i Kòrsou has to repeat this ritual 3x in order to rid the spilled salt bad luck from the table.

A truly rebellious yu’i Kòrsou will taunt his / her family by mercilessly passing and spilling salt at the table. These reckless salt activities have been known to cause severe family rifts…

About 1000awesomethingsaboutcuracao

I'm Carolina Gomes-Casseres, the creator of 1000 Awesome Things About Curaçao. I live in Manhattan but sometimes miss my first awesome island. Thanks for visiting!

One comment

  1. I only heard about this for the first time in my life last week… when someone refused to take the salt from me and demanded I put it on the table… go figure! 🙂

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