C is a 19-year-old Filipino-American college student living in Los Angeles, California.
This conversation took place in my room as a group of my friends were hanging out and I inquired about any folklore or proverbs they knew. This superstition was thrown out following another friend providing one as well.
C: If you split the pole with your partner, then you’re not going to stay together.
Me: Wait what do you mean like split the pole?
C: Split the pole like, a lamppost or something, you’re like holding hands and like that. It’s just like a superstition.
This superstition was especially interesting because I have accidentally done this to a couple before and it made me think about whether or not I had somehow caused a breakup without meaning to. I think relationships superstitions are really interesting because it seems like the idea might originate from the fact that the parties are willing to let something break their “bond” apart. Additionally, the pole may be seen as a physical barrier between the two that may be predicting a barrier that comes in the future and results in the relationship falling apart.