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Superstitions are often linked to the lack of knowledge in the population.

Even in the twenty-first century, superstitions continue to play a significant part in the lives of many individuals. The uneducated part of society has a wide variety of superstitious beliefs, but what is much more surprising is that even the educated section of our community holds a significant number of individuals who believe in and follow superstitions. Although most superstitions from the past have been proven by science to be needless, ineffectual or just plain stupidity, they are nevertheless followed today by reasonably educated people.

Every nation has its kind of superstitions that are unique to that culture. In India, superstitions are believed to be a widespread social issue that affect the whole population. Superstition is any belief or behavior that is explained by supernatural causes and conflicts with current scientific principles and methods. It is possible that specific ideas and behaviors are deemed superstitious by some people but may not be considered superstitious by others. Superstitions are often linked to the lack of knowledge in the population.


Common superstitious behaviors and beliefs include:

Hanging lemon and seven chilies keep away misfortune: Many people hang lemon and green chili on a thread outside the entrance to keep away Alakshmi, who is considered unlucky in the Hindu tradition. Alakshmi is the sister of Goddess Lakshmi, the Hindu goddess of wealth and prosperity. Alakshmi, on the other hand, brings poverty and suffering.


nimbu mirchi Many people hang lemon and green chili on a thread outside the entrance to keep away Alakshmi. -Wallpaperflare


Cutting nails after sunset brings bad luck: In contrast to Filipino superstition, which claims that cutting your nails or toenails at night will result in a death in the family, Chinese superstition claims that cutting nails at night wil awaken the ghosts and evil spirits, and the Indian superstition claims that cutting nails after sunset will result in bad luck.


Cutting Nails Free Stock Photo Indian superstition claims that cutting nails after sunset will result in bad luck.- Public Domain Pictures


Bird-poop equals good luck: Numerous people claim that if you are going for an importat piece of work and a bird poops on you, it will bring you good luck, but I believe they say this to alleviate your humiliation at having to cope with the embarrassment.


hooded crow poop | OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA | Andrew Weitzel | Numerous people claim that if you are going for an importat piece of work and a bird poops on you, it will bring you good luck. -Flickr


A black cat crossing your path is a bad omen: This is a common belief in India as well as the West. It was thought that black cats were wicked animals that brought misfortune. According to this superstition, you should let someone else pass before a black cat crosses your path; as a result, the first individual will be the one to suffer all of the bad luck while you will be spared.


black cat It was thought that black cats were wicked animals that brought misfortune. -Flickr


When a dog whines, it's a bad omen: Since ancient times, it has been believed that when someone is about to die, the dogs begin to howl because they already know it. Others believe that when dogs sense a soul surrounding them, they begin to cry.


Since ancient times, it has been believed that when someone is about to die, the dogs begin to howl because they already know it. Since ancient times, it has been believed that when someone is about to die, the dogs begin to howl because they already know it. -Photo by Justinas Teselis on Unsplash


Long back, when our ancestors inhabited the earth, logic was a rare thing. As science progressed, the reasons which were against the favor of various superstitions began to emerge. For example, people believed that cutting nails after sunset brought bad luck. But logically thinking, it was supposed to scare people so they wouldn't cut their nails and harm themselves as there weren't good lighting arrangements back then! There are similar reasons for other superstitions too. Therefore, education and knowledge are the only cures for superstitions.



Keywords: 21st century, superstitions, black cat, nails, dog, bird, lemon, good luck, bad luck, omen


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