India is a nation where customs breathe at very ease next to global technology. We often find ourselves standing at the juncture where these two assemble, sometimes fidgety, sometimes laid-back. As a consequence, there are times when we often question age-old practices, while at others believe them unwittingly. It is definitely very important to the inquiry to prevent a slow squalor of our society into lawlessness but it is also very important to look into for answers and be accessible to answers that others may find.
Attempts have been made from time to time and again to confirm that the rituals we tag as superstitions were at one point cautiously through scientific procedures. With the passageway of time and expansion of a hierarchical society, this information became more and more mysterious and finally, only the rituals were propagated not the reasoning behind them.
Here is a challenge to decode the logic at the back some of the age-old practices of our ancestors:
1 Eat curd and sugar before heading out
Intake of curd and sugar before stepping out for somewhat new and important is well thought-out and said to be good luck. The logic behind this legacy is that the intake of curd has a cooling effect on the abdomen and the sugar which is added provides instantaneous glucose. This combination is indispensable for Indians and its consumption slowly linked to good luck.
2 Don’t wash your hair on a certain day
Washing hair on certain days like Tuesdays or Thursdays are considered to be bad luck but it’s nothing true in this as it was one of the water management practices.
3 Swallow Tulsi leaves, never chew
Tulsi leaves must not be chewed its said to be swallowed. The science behind this explains that the Tulsi leaf is very healthy and it contains a little bit amount of Arsenic. Thus chewing it straight can result in the degradation of enamel.
4Sweeping the floor during the evening brings bad luck
The conviction that sweeping the house after sunset will bring bad luck, it is one of the superstitious philosophy that we have all come across now and then. The reason behind this is that our ancestors preferred to clean their residence during day moment because of the sunlight and they avoid sweeping away something precious. But this reason soon twisted into a superstition.
5Don’t cut nails after sunset
Clipping of nails after sunset is not said to be good at all. But the truth is totally different as nail clipper blade is very sharp and it might hurt you during the dark time or during the absence of the light.
6The mourning family of a dead person should not cook food until shraddha
The mourning family of a dead person should not cook food until shraddha.
This is one of the rituals in the Hindu religion that prevents the lighting of the hearth in the house of the deceased until the shraddha. It is said that this is to prevent the burning soul of the deceased. This has been started to provide the rest to the family and help them to cope up with the death of their loved one.
7Bathe after attending a funeral ceremony
Earlier bathing was necessary after attending a funeral ceremony but today it’s not as earlier our ancestors did not have vaccinations against smallpox, hepatitis, and other deadly diseases. So they came up with this ritual of bathing so that they can prevent themselves from the infection from the dead body.
8Menstruating Women Are Considered Impure And Unclean
In a country like India, menstruating women are considered to be impure and unclean and this gave rise to many other superstitious beliefs. At that time women are not allowed in kitchen, temples, mosques and all religious spots and they are not allowed to perform household duties like cooking food. The reason is that at that point of time woman are comparatively weak because of a lot of blood loss. So they are preferred to take complete rest and avoid their duties for some days.
9 Lizard Falling On Human Is Bad Luck
It is said to be bad luck if a Lizard falls on a person but the scientific grounds behind is that the lizards are very poisonous in nature which releases poisonous chemicals from its body in order to defend them from their enemies and if these lizards fall on a human body or within a food then it is bound to make it contaminated. So baths are often taken if a lizard falls on a person.
10Using lemon and 7 green chilies to avoid Buri Nazar
The nimbus Mirchi todka is one of the universally able to be seen Superstitions among the culture whose application is often encouraged because of the qualities of lemon and chili as they both are loaded with different essential vitamins and the ancestors make use of this as a symbol during ceremonies which now turned into a todka. They believe that with the help of this they can protect something from Buri Nazar.
11Twitching Of the Eye Ominous
Twitching of the eye is considered to be a good or a bad omen depending on the gender and the eye. Eye twitching leads to involuntary muscle twitches which include many medical reasons behind it. In fact, these twitches are the warning to the person about some impending problems or indicative of some good news on the way.
12Fallen Hair around the House Will brings Fight In Your Family
It is often supposed that fallen hair inside the home will bring fight in your family members but the real reason was something totally different. If someone leaves the fallen hair inside the house it may enter the food due to wind so it may lead to fighting among the family members.
13Friday The 13th And The Number 13 Is Unlucky
As we all know that the number 13 is considered to be unlucky so people try to avoid this number. Friday the 13th has been considered the unluckiest day of the month. The reason behind was related to Jesus Christ’s last supper. As there were 13th members were present in the supper including the Christ and his betrayer.