Why do we believe in Superstitions?

There is a strong belief in Indian system of astrology that there are certain times of the day when auspicious events like marriage, investments, business transactions, buying a house, travel, marriages, meetings and medical treatments can be taken.

Aren’t we blindly following superstitions for long? If we do not believe in superstitions things are easier to accomplish. There is no stress because we have the freedom to go whenever we want and do whatever we desire. We can travel anywhere anytime, visit different places without any hassle, and thoroughly enjoy the trip.

We do worry even today when a black cat crosses the road. We know nothing untoward is going to happen, but these practices have become a habit that when we see a black cat we panic.

I remember we came into our new apartment when it was convenient; yet my apartment has a lot of aura and energy.

Most of the superstitions we follow had a significant reason at that point of time. Black cats with their eyes shining looked evil, in the moonlight. Those days there was no electricity. Hence the stigma on them that we should not see one. But even during daytime people are asked to go back when they see the cat crossing because of the blind belief.

Lamps were lit and placed in front of the house, because there was no electricity those days. In the darkness, a snake or a rat may crawl and hide at your door step. Today we continue to follow this tradition of lighting lamps even in apartments, endangering the lives of many.

There are people who light lamps, and keep it lit overnight, blindly following these rituals. In high rises today this is dangerous. It takes only a minute for the entire apartment to be burnt down. That reminds me, recently Tarun’s classmate’s apartment was completely destroyed in a bad fire accident. Fortunately, the lady was out and her son too was in school but they could not save their home. They lost everything even their precious documents, by the time the fire tenders reached them.

Broken mirrors were said to be a bad omen, because the glass pieces can scatter causing grievous injury especially in poorly lit homes. Those days everyone was not literate so they would listen only when they are given a harsh reasoning. It was easier to say broken mirrors are a bad omen.

It was said not to cross a rope. The only reason being the cow tied to the string maybe behind the tree and not visible to our eye. We can trip and fall, hurting ourselves badly. We are not supposed to shake our legs when we sit down, because in olden days the vessel for spitting paan was kept under a table or cot. It would spill all over and dirty the place making it unhygienic.

You cannot borrow mustard at night because when it falls, it spreads over a large area. It’s difficult to clean. Those days’ homes were not well lit and it was difficult to find the tiny seeds when they scatter.

Every superstition had a reason behind, but we blindly follow even today though it’s not applicable now. To be honest there were one or two events that did not work well for me, and both the events we had strictly followed the auspicious time due to external pressure.

The number 13 is synonymous with bad luck. Number 13 has been lucky for me. In some buildings you won’t even find the 13th floor. Air France and Lufthansa, do not have a 13th row. Lufthansa also has no 17th row – because in some countries – such as Italy and Brazil – the typical unlucky number is 17 and not 13.

Walking under ladders was prohibited because by mistake if you shake the ladder the person on top will fall down. Or if there is no person on the ladder, you may trip and the ladder will fall on you.

My mother-in-law would explain to me why people followed superstitions. A belief in superstitions gives people an illusion of control in an uncertain world. But they don’t realize the mind is so powerful that if you believe something can bring bad luck, things don’t work well because we attract what we think.

So the next time you break a mirror, see a black cat or encounter the number 13 – don’t worry too much about “bad luck.”

2 thoughts on “Why do we believe in Superstitions?”

  1. Thank you so much for writing this. Curiously enough I was writing on the fear of number 13 today. And needless to say I loved your post so much ❤️

    Especially the last paragraph that makes the whole thing even special. Your patient explanations put some logic into the madness 😁

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