Superstitions, Myths & Legends About Crickets

Superstitions, Myths & Legends About Crickets

The only superstitions, myths & legends about crickets I thought existed related to good luck if you heard one within your home. Apparently there are a few more.

The Cricket

field crickets

Crickets range throughout the world except places above latitude 55 degrees north and south. So northern Canada is out along with most of Alaska, but almost all of South American is in. Australia and New Zealand are good, but northern Asia and Europe regions are too frigid for the little critters. They also seem to make it to many islands, both large and small. They can inhabit caves, trees, bushes, grasses, herbs, and beaches.

The Cricket “Chirp”

cricket chirp

Crickets bring to mind warm nights with a concert by nature against a background of silence. Best known for their songs, male crickets produce their music by the friction of their wing covers rubbing together. Their repertoire of songs is not for our entertainment as you might have thought, but instead employed for various mating scenarios, dependent on which song is selected to play. Female crickets do not have the ability to produce these sounds.

This is an example of one of the songs:

 

Uses for Crickets

  • Telling the temperature—There is a relationship between the rate of a cricket’s chirp and the air temperature. There is even a mathematical equation for it called, Dolbear’s Law. For one species of cricket common in the United States, adding 40 to the number of chirps made in 14 seconds will yield the temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.
cricket pet
Japanese Cricket Carrier
  • Pets—In China, crickets are kept in cages or hollowed-out gourds, and Japan sells them in some pet shops. Some European countries also have them as pets, particularly Spain and Portugal.
  • Fighting—A cricket fighting matches is a tradition in China that dates back to the Tang dynasty .

eating crickets

  • As food—Southern part of Asia, crickets are commonly eaten as a snack food. An increasing number of people in the West are also eating them. They are also raised as food for zoo and laboratory animals, and pets.
  • Watchdogs—Those same pet cricket kept in cages can also indicate trouble. When all is safe and good, they sing happily. But if unfamiliar person approaches they become silent, warning the family.
  • Lucky charms—Superstitious singers for inspiration and anyone wanting help to keep themselves happy and cheerful.

Superstitions/Folklore/Myths

superstitions

My “good luck if you hear a cricket in your home” is included in the following with quite a few more:

  • Crickets foretell impending rain.
  • Crickets indicate a financial windfall.
  • Presence can announce a death.
  • Crickets bring good luck.
  • Crickets in the kitchen or near the hearth is good luck.
  • Don’t speak badly of crickets for they will hear.
  • Crickets can tell you the history of your home. (If you can understand cricket talk)
  • Their singing keeps the fairies away during the night.
  • If you see crickets in your dream in represents introspection. You should look inward for your answers
  • If you hear crickets in your dream, you are allowing minor things to bother you.
  • If a cricket jumps across your path, it is a sign of extreme good luck. All things you have been working toward and dreaming about are now possible.
  • If a cricket departs from a hearth where it has been heard chirping for a long time, that signals misfortune.
  • A strange cricket in the house is an unfailing sign of death.
  • To kill a cricket on Sunday is especially unlucky.
  • If a cricket sings louder than usual, expect rain.
  • To see a white cricket means an absent love will return.
  • Never kill a cricket in your house, lest a member of your family will meet the same fate.
  • A cricket in the ground, (not on the ground) is a sign of bad cricket luck for a farmer.

Native American Cricket Mythology

 

Crickets in Native American folklore is varied, ranging from some tribes in western United States where they are considered bad luck, to many in South America where they are good luck. The Cheyenne believed they could foretell buffalo herd movements, and Southeastern tribes like the Cherokee portray crickets as beings who succeed at things despite their size. In Mexican tribes, crickets take on the role of food in their stories.

This is an Algonquian legend about crickets:

Cricket and Mosquito were going to have a feast, so Cricket sent Mosquito to catch some eels while he built a fire. Mosquito came back and Cricket asked how many eels he had caught. Mosquito said that he had caught one eel the size of his leg. Cricket thought this was awfully funny and laughed so hard that he fell into the fire and got burned. That is why the cricket is black.

Note:

The sounds of crickets may be heard in Three Remain.

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