In Jamaica, old-time people say, “If a lizard jump on a woman, it mean she pregnant, or soon pregnant.”
While one of these little fellas, like the one I snapped, have never jumped on me, one did run over my hand once. I guess that doesn’t count, ’cause I’ve never been preggers.
Old-time people say, “If you dream ’bout lizard, it mean you have an enemy.”
Pours a cup of tea, and takes a long sip.
These little creatures have different meanings in other cultures. Ancient Romans believed that the lizard symbolized death and resurrection, because it sleeps during winter and reawakens in Spring.
For the Greeks and Egyptians, the lizard represented divine wisdom and good fortune.
“Throughout the entire continent of Africa, the lizard recurs again and again as a motif in popular culture. The Dogon tribe of West Africa carve lizards on their house and granary doors to invoke protective spirits. On the Grasslands of the Cameroon, the lizard is a potent fertility symbol among the Bamum, whilst for the Babanki, a lizard represents household tranquility.” (The Henna Page Journal)
I never could understand why I liked having them around, even inside the house. Now I know.
On the other hand, I can’t say the same for two of their relatives, the Jamaican croaking lizard and ground lizard. Both creep me out.
Normally, the former tends to be pale, although I’ve seen some in darker hues, and one with spots a couple of times. Yes, they croak, yes, they’ve kept me up at night, and yes, they can be brazen. If I had a dollar for all the times I’ve tried shooing one out a window, only to have it make an about-turn and take a challenging stance, I’d be as rich as J.K. Rowling. And once, one fell off the ceiling, and almost dropped on my head. Never mind that it didn’t. Just the thought of it stuck in my hair, and the sound of its sticky plop! on the floor was enough for me to start hollering.
As for the latter, as its name suggests, you would be hard-pressed to find it in a tree. This kind is large and long, with an even longer tail, and slithers. They’re fast, too. One chased me when I was a little girl, so I’m convinced they bite. I managed to escape it by climbing onto some burglar bars.
I wonder what old-time people have to say about those two.