I remember it was January 25th 2012, and I was sitting in the row of participants in a declamation competition, and remember hearing a girl from D.H.A Degree college say, “My mom is very superstitious, she told me to EAT SOMETHING MEETHA before going to the competition, so that I’d win.” And I remember recalling that I’d eaten something real spicy for my breakfast, and I remember that I was the runner up in that competition, although I hadn’t eaten SOMETHING MEETHA. . . . Haha. Superstitions, superstitions, superstitions, this wide world is jamm packed of them. The more lips, the more superstitions you get to hear. They have been recognized since the medieval times, since the times man hardly knew the wonders of science. But still, even in today’s world of science and technology, we still believe in such superstitions.
Some of the most common superstitions I’ve ever heard are regarding the constructive interference of the same words if two people say them at the same time. My grandparents believe it’s the sign that guests are coming. Same is the case when you hear a crow crowing, guests are supposed to come. . . Somebody told me, if a black cat passes in front of you, its the sign of danger. My mom says if you cry too much, you will have to laugh that much, or if you laugh too much, you will have to cry that much. The hooting of an owl is considered a bad omen, while the songs of a cuckoo are a good omen.
Most of these blind beliefs are in the Hindu culture. For instance, the breaking of a glass, over boiling of milk and the like are considered bad omens. In Western cultures, Friday the 13th is considered a very, very bad day. In some of their hotels and places they skip rooms and even floors that ought to be numbered 13!
Asian superstitions are pretty amusing, once you get the essence of them. Like old naanis and daadis tell you not to walk with open and wet hair from under a tree or “jinnaat and churail” will possess you. To be very honest, I tried to do this, and when I was a kid, I used to walk with wet and open hair from under trees, to see if any “jinnaat or churail” will possess me, which, by-the-way, never happened. . 😀
We have another superstition, namely the “Naagan” which we believe to be a snake, of the genre Naja naja (cobra. in simple English) which, when reaches 100 years of age, can transform itself into a beautiful human form, more probably a succubus. Similar is the belief of cats having nine lives.
Western superstitions that fall into this category are of Vampires and Werewolves, and these were not very much feared until the movies Twilight, Teen wolf, Vampire Diaries, Van Helsing, Dracula etc were released. Something similar is the “Yeti” or the “abominable snow-man” or “big foot” as we know it to be, believed to be wandering in the snowy mountains. . .
A black cat walking towards you brings good luck, walking away it takes your luck with it. A clock that hasn’t been working for a long time chimes suddenly, means there will be death in the family, oh, and this reminds me, my ani believes in this superstition like crazy, for she says that before Dada passed away, the wall clock that was not working for a long time had suddenly chimed up.
A majority of these superstitions are related to our dreams. If we dream of a snake, then we will get rich (lol) on the other hand if we see two snakes we have an enemy. . . Crossing fingers, making wishes on wish bones or eye lashes. . . The number 666, three sixes in a row, is considered as really bad, for in the Bible it refers to “The Beast”. . .
Superstitions are many. In Urdu we say, “Jitnay mun, utni baaten,” but the big question is: What is the truth behind all these blind beliefs? Or is there any truth at all? Does science coincide with these beliefs, or are they just stories made by stupid people who had no sense???