Explaining how our forefathers turned out to be more intelligent than us!
Indians have since long, associated their good and bad with the occurrence of natural events. In some cases, the same has been instrumental in creating superstitions (that the present generation wards off as baseless). A few of the superstitions actually have scientific evidence backing them. Read on:
Superstition: Hanging Lemons and chillies outside the shop.
- Explanation: Cotton is a natural absorptive material. The lemon and chillies contain vitamins and other vital nutrients. And the vaporizer effect helps in releasing the nutrition into the air. This is highly helpful in warding off pests and insects. This also keeps health at the front and lends natural increase in profits.
Superstition: A broken mirror brings in 7 years of bad luck.
- Explanation: The broken mirror was linked to years of bad luck by the ancestors. The reason: Highly expensive mirrors were a luxury (that only the lucky few could afford). Hence, a fear of handling it in a fragile manner was linked to bad luck. This proved to be a negative motivation encouraging to take care of the expensive objects. A few of the ancestors preferred to have their images seen in the ponds and pools. (Lower demand and Lower supply: High price and higher loss). This was also used to promote frugal expenditures as the source of income was low.
Superstition: Having a bath after attending funerals or last rites.
- Explanation: Well Duh! This is a no-brainer. Death is a natural process and after some time, the body starts decomposing. Due to lack of suitable alternatives to delay the decomposition process, these superstitions were created. When consigned to flames, the germs and bacteria may pollute the air. This, in turn, may cause health problems. It was, therefore, the basic reason why the body was bathed before funeral and people were encouraged to take bath after the ceremony. Again this gave rise to the family tradition of not cooking any food. This gave the family some time to grieve for the lost soul.
Superstition: Throwing coins in holy rivers.
- Explanation: Earlier the people of the country had lower alternatives to groundwater. Hence, they depended on the existing water bodies to gain access to the essential source of nutrients. This was the reason why the top civilizations thrived around the water bodies. The concept of throwing a coin is common worldwide. The basic idea is to fortify the water with the copper (coins). This copper acted as a filter against impurities in the water as well as provided nutrition for growth.
Superstition: Eating Dahi and sugar before going out or taking an examination.
- Explanation: Sugar is a good source of carbohydrates. This means it provides instant energy and keeps your stamina at the top. Further, the yogurt helps to cool down the stomach and any feeling of confusion or nervousness. The textbooks of Ayurveda preach the advantage of the concoction as it helps intestines to relax. This also helps keep the bladder cool and healthy during summers. It is also known to boost semen count and treat erectile disorders.
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