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    Importance of Indian blind beliefs & superstitions

    Wondering about some superstitions and why we follow them back at home, while pretending about non faith in front of others? Discuss about superstitions and their truth or reality over here.

    We Indians commonly hate superstitions and blind faiths in front of others; but do follow several rules at home those are being followed since generations. Some of the practices are very common in our activities and daily lifestyle that automatically happens without any notice. Here I would like to put some common blind beliefs in India (mostly among Hindus).

    Good Signs:
    1. Eating sweet curd or curd with jaggery while before going outside.
    2. Falling of coins accidentally from hand; a sign of getting money (you need to pick up immediately)
    3. Cawing of crows; notifies arrival of relatives/guests to your home
    4. Breaking coconut in front of vehicle before a long tour or journey.
    5. Keeping lemons wreath in front of house, office, shops, vehicles, etc.
    6. Crossing of mongoose or jackals on road while travelling

    Bad Signs:
    1. Watching broken mirror
    2. Breaking of mirror
    3. Giving and bringing haldi, mud pots, iron materials in night
    4. Sweeping home in night
    5. Giving salt and chilli to other's by hand
    6. Showing mirrors to small babies
    7. Falling lizard on head top
    8. Eating and doing puja and other rituals on eclipses
    9. Sleeping north facing
    10. Eating in left hand

    These are some of the common blind beliefs which are habituated with us. There may be some scientific reasons also that we don't know, as these are followed since generations to generation. Please share your reactions with some valuable reasons about Hindu's common blind believes and superstitions.
  • #573860
    When the children get born, they remain totally innocent having no superstition etc. However, during the process of growing up, they pick many things from their surroundings including the superstitions. The superstitions are generally specific to a social group and therefore vary from region to region, family to family and even individual to individual. Almost all societies and cultures across the world have their own set of superstitions.
    Such superstitions originated long back when there was no scientific knowledge about the natural phenomenon and the people used to be afraid about the possible happenings.
    Life was very dear to people since beginning and therefore most of the superstitions revolved around saving one's own life as well as lives of all near and dear ones.
    With the spread of education people and due to other compulsions of modern hectic and busy life, the people are gradually drifting away from such superstitions.

    Let us encourage each other in sharing knowledge.

  • #573879
    We live in the world of uncertainty, we don't know what might happen to us in the future and it is this curiosity and the fear of the unknown is the main reason behind various superstitions and these are not limited to a particular region or nation, in every corner of the world, people believe in some or other superstitions. Some believes are now debunked by science and people are now aware eating sweet curd in the morning provides the much needed glucose and nutrients to the body, keeping cut lemons on door entrances do provide some protection from harmful microbes, sweeping the floor at night in the dark may lead to the sweeping away of something valuable. When mirrors were invented people were indeed afraid of it, people even thought that it might trap the viewers soul in it. anyway if you break a mirror it is a mess to clean up and there is also the danger of getting injured from the sharp little shards of glass. the same applies for the use of broken mirror for grooming one self, he or she may touch the sharp edges of the broken mirror and get hurt.
    people also believed in things like evil eyes and employed various methods like applying large black spot and moving hands with salt in a circular motion over the heads of the loved one, to ward off the evil eye. It was later backed by science that people with negative thoughts may intentionally or unintentionally direct negative energies or vibrations towards unsuspecting people and it in turn harms their own aura or protecting shield of energy which every individual posses.
    several such superstitions of the past are being debunked by science, several others are being researched on and now and people are no longer afraid of it while new fears like the fear of genetically modified foods, artificial intelligence and whole lot of fantasies take up their place.

  • #573925
    These beliefs are started long ago by our ancestors. Not following them may not lead to any loss. Everyone knows that following most of those beliefs doesn't lead to any loss. So, people think like this. If we follow them, there is no loss. As there is no loss, let us follow them. Some Hindus follow many more beliefs like not eating non vegetarian foods, doing pooja everyday etc,. In my opinion, there is nothing wrong in following such beliefs if that doesn't disturb the daily routine in anyway.

    Let us continue learning.

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