Superstition, beliefs and Indians.
Glancing back, I can’t remember a time when my mother ever let me step out for my exam or for any important occasion without having a combination of sugar and curd. An age-old quick fix for good luck in India.
Land of simple people with simple beliefs. A country where nature, the provider of every means of life was valued and worshipped. Keeping pace with the changing times, India and we Indians too have adopted some new ways and given up on some old ones. Yet, there are still such superstitions and beliefs which have been passed over to generations.
Some of them have scientific and logical explanations. While some are difficult to be decoded by the parameters of logic yet people follow these, as they seem to work for them. Like a day when crow is cawing outside your house for no specific reason, then keep the kettle boiling as guests are on their way.
Sometimes these superstitions and beliefs vary or get modified region wise but most of them are followed nation wide. One of the most famous Indian superstition is a black cat crossing your path. It’s fine if the cat is white, brown or even multi-coloured, but if the cat is black then even in the 21st century expect majority of the people to stop and let the bad luck pass before they get back on the road. While a good part of the few who find no base in this belief and decide to carry on without stopping, can be often heard assuring themselves and the ones with them that it’s safe to cross, no bad luck would befall.
How much this superstition holds ground can be an interesting topic of research.
Joining the list are following interesting ones –
If you have itchy feet, pack your bags as travel is on the cards.
If you have itchy palms then it’s about money. Either you are going to get a good sum or you will have to give it, depending on which palm is feeling the itch – right or left.
One sneeze at the mention of a plan or stepping out for some work and it’s most likely to end up in an unfruitful endeavour. Two sneezes at the mention of a plan, and your work will be done.
For bestowing good luck add one rupee coin to the amount you are gifting to anyone. The gifting amounts for any auspicious occasion thus go in following order- 51, 101, 501 and so on.
We Indians put a black mark with Kajal/ Kohl on the forehead of new born babies to save them from the evil eye. Not just children but people of all age wear a black thread or put a black mark behind their ear for the same reason.
It’s not possible to cover all the superstitions and beliefs of such a diverse country in one article, thus I bring you just a few. However, if you know of any such unique superstitions then do mention them in the comments section.
Land of simple people who respected and valued nature to an extent of worshipping its powers, India has always had its unique ways which seemed irrational to the western world and were ridiculed. However, today when the world is exhausted with technological advancements and seeking respite in nature (whatever of it still remains) and natural ways, it has started appreciating moreover adopting these ways.