Today, we are going to offer you all an insight on the top 15 Indian superstitions that have logic behind them and are not merely followed as a whim, though, some people still follow these blindly. But, before we start, let us first know what the definition of a superstition is. Well, its an irrational belief that has supernatural origins, and forces people to believe that something good or bad is associated with each superstition.
While, some of these ancient superstitions are outright baseless, there are a few that have scientific explanations associated with them. India is a country that has thrived and survived for thousands of years on a bed that floats nonchalantly on a vast ocean of superstitions and beliefs. Its a nation whose people have lived comfortably for centuries believing in the many folklores told and retold by ancestors. But, most of these superstitions originated in ancient times had a logic behind them and came to be practiced for certain purposes. Lets read about a few of these Indian superstitions and understand their logic.
1. Never sleep while your head is facing the North direction for preventing blood pressure
Its quite a mundane and a regular thing for Indians to always sleep with heads facing the Southern direction. Do you know why they follow this practice? Its for no whim or fancy that Indians sleep in this manner but because they know there is a scientific logic behind this superstition. The earth’s magnetic field lies in the north and its no good when this field meets the body’s field to generate harmful impacts like cardiovascular diseases. Our ancestors also knew of this fact and the deep relation between the two fields, thereby, encouraging their successors to sleep in the Southern direction.
2. The nimbu and mirchi totka was probably used for propagating the consumption of these ingredients as these are storehouses of vitamins
Hindu superstitions like the one about the lemon and chilli totka are not whimsical or foolish. Rather, there is a logical explanation behind following this ritual we have all seen getting done at shops, at the entrances of important venues and even our homes. Most Indian people believe in a thing called ‘buri nazar’ or evil look, and to prevent any harmful effects, they have this totka. But our ancestors knew about the rich nutrition possessed by chillies and lemons and propagated this among their people. Slowly, the ritual became a common practice with a majority of Indians assuming it as a totka.
3. A broken mirror gets you seven years of bad luck – This was used as a scare tactic in the olden times
We, as Indians have all grown up getting scolded by our moms and grandmas whenever we broke a mirror. There is a reason to this. Most Indians believe that a broken mirror brings with it seven years of bad luck. But, is that all that is to this superstitious belief? Well, we do not agree. Back in the ancient times, mirror was an expensive commodity only few could afford. And the ones that were available were not of a good quality. So, to avoid breakage and to encourage careful handling among people, this superstition was given birth. People began to attach this scare tactic with a broken mirror so that people would be more careful in handling them.
Fear not people, as there is no such thing as bad lick that will follow in case you break a mirror!
4. A menstruating woman must be kept separately – To giver her ample time to take rest and relax
It may look rather displeasing to westerners when they are told that a woman who is menstruating must stay separated from the rest of the family, sometimes…even in cowsheds. Yes, do not make assumptions before you know exactly why Indians follow this superstition. Periods is a painful cycle for most women when their bodies are at an all time low and they are affected with aches and cramps of all kinds.
In olden times, women had to do lot of hard work, like get water from distant fields, plough the fields, cook, clean the house and take care of kids. There were no painkillers or sanitary pads back then. So, in order to give them five days of rest, this ritual was started practicing. In these five days, women were not allowed to enter the kitchen or do any work. But, some fractions of society still follow this superstition in a negative way. They feel that a menstruating women is unclean and can spoil certain things like pickles and jams if she goes near them. Also, a menstruating women is believed to attract spirits from the underworld.
Going out during an eclipse is considered a bad omen, but its not so. The real reason why our mothers have always been very strict about not letting us venture out when an eclipse is in full bloom is the emission of harmful rays by the sun that can cause damage to one’s eyes. When the sun is in solar eclipse, its better not to look at it directly as it may cause burns to the retina. This may cause eclipse blindness. However, most people attach a different kind of story to it by stating that the sun, during an eclipse gets covered by Rahu’s head and this causes bad things to happen to people.