Blessed be my earthlings and not-so earthlings!
The title must have been a bit of a giveaway I am sure, but I will do the honors of unfurling the mystery anyway. I have grown up among my ancient folks who still believe that the time to sleep is when the sun sets. Okay, not that much, but may be. So, I thought of covering certain superstitions that I've grown up with and some that are ancient but are now twisted to be followed. Here goes!
One day, I got up at 6 in the morning as my father was leaving for a tour. I realized it was a Sunday and I needed to wash my hair, so I asked my mother where the Oil was (Conditioner you see.) Suddenly she goes all bug - eyed. "Do not say that!" I ask, "Say what?" She says, "That!" And I am like, "Oil?" She is like, "Tch!" And then I am like, "Why?" and she goes, "Don't ask me." and my dad is like, "You argue too much." So I shut up coz this conversation would have ended up connecting my lawyering and conversational skills.
My point being how many times we start following things without knowing the reasons. So, I combed through my childhood memories, people around me and of course, our internet to see what all people follow. Some of the very popular and weird, I must say, superstitions followed are:
- This one's a belief from ancient Louisiana tribe which says, "If you want to keep your man to yourself, so that no other woman can ever place her eye on him, put a drop of your blood in his drink and he shall be yours' forever." (Girls?) I felt if the guy ever comes to know of this, he will leave her forever. :P
- Howling/Crying of a dog is an ill omen (I read that Dogs [Animals in general feel/see/forsee death, hence they howl - my personal opinion, night is the time for most animals to mark their territories or to call for mating)
- Black Cats crossing the path (I personally do not believe in this one...I feel bad for the cats, though I admit, black ones look creepy).
|What did I ever do to yeeeoooowwww??|
- Handing over a knife or scissor to someone you know - causes animosity with that person (I know this one coz I follow this...somehow, my grandma scared me. I always keep the knife or scissor on the table or wherever, from where the other person can pick it up. I know my psyche becomes like that, but haven't been able to get over it. :| )
- Not cutting nails on Thursdays, Saturdays or in the night (Mostly because of lack of electricity in olden days)
- Keeping someone else's handkerchief is considered to be harbinger of ill-relation with that person.
- Seeing a cow and a calf together was/is a very lucky thing.
- Inverted footwear would cause fights. :|
- Never step on a lemon smeared with Sindoor and whatnot (Okay, I have a logic to counter this one super freaky old black magic trick. I believe that there is nothing called Black magic. It's all about the energies we exude. So, if I for instance step on one above said lemon, my mind would instantly spin reasons how I stepped on it and there's gonna be something wrong now, and if anything goes wrong, blame the Lemon. Also, the person who does the whole lemon/chicken whatnot thing, leaves behind a trail of negative energy, which affects people.)
- If you see a woman in Black/white Saree in the night, she is probably a demon/witch/black magician etc. (Sigh)
- If a crow caws on your terrace, expect a guest (Suddenly I remember this nice melody from Hum Aapke Hain Kaun - Maayi ni Maayi Munder pe teri bol raha hai Kaaga (Mother mother, there's a crow cawing on your terrace).
- Keeping the shedded snake skin is considered lucky. (I like snakes but I cannot imagine doing that. Do not take me wrong, I like snakes because they are Lord Shiva's companions...and I am an ardent believer of my Shambhunath.)
- Horse shoe is lucky.
- A child born on a Saturday from the left foot (Read MSM) should be asked to wear an iron ring (Which I do not, with due respect to the supernatural entity that protects me). Also, a kick on the back from the said left footer baby heals the pain. Kicks anyone? :D :P
And as far as my research goes, the voodoo thing (Yeah, poking the pin in the eye of the man/woman you hate) is such a farce. I read about it and I am so disappointed in the way we twist things. I think I will do a separate post on the history of Voodoo. :D
|Ow! I bet that hurt! Poor you. :(|
So, my fellas, go ahead and tell me what all beliefs have you come across? I would really love to know. :D Till then, see what lies beyond the veil and your heart shall come to you without shame. Blessed Be!!