Superstition is the religion of feeble minds- Edmund Burke
Superstition is a belief that is based on fear of the unknown and faith in magic or luck.some of our superstitions stem from our religions and cultures. So deep rooted are some of our superstitions that even the so called inteligentsia,comprising the middle and upper crusts of society follow its dictate.
It wont be wrong to say that every country has its own set of superstitions that are handed down to coming generations.
* In france handing someone a loaf of bread upside down brings both the giver and the recipient hunger and bad luck
*Another old french superstition is that seeing an owl at daytime during pregnancy ensures birth of girl child
* Friday the 13th has been a source of superstition since the 19th centuries.Many people will purposefully avoid doing anything significant due to the belief that the day is cursed
* In Britain broken mirrors and sight of black cats are said to bring bad luck
* In Italy letting a broom touch your feet when someone is cleaning the floors is an ill omen. If you do you ll never get swept off your feet and get married. ”
* The Italian superstitious also not to spill salt or olive oil for the fear of bad luck
* Giving a German knives as a gift means that you are wishing him and his family injury and death
* In china if a dog howls for a few hours in late nights it means someone had died somewhere
* It is another superstitious belief of the chinese that if one has a dream of teeth or snow it indicates that his parents are dead
These beliefs, so long as they dont cause any harm are innocuous.However it is depressing to see the poor and the illiterate even today believing in witchcraft,voodoo and demons. Diseases like jaundice,chickenpox etc are labelled as wrath of God and instead of medicine daily doses of worshipping and animal sacrifice ete are prescribed.some people are beaten to cure them of diseases, children are sacrificed to attain immortality.
This is how tradition, culture, curiosity, fear of the unknown, amusement all cluster and morph into a very very dark shape. This is how superstition becomes the dark side of wonder
Recently in India (Berhampur) four people were tonsured, had their teeth pulled out,forced to swallow human excreta and then were paraded naked around a village because the villagers believed they were sorcerers.
This isnt a culture we can affort to hand down to our children.
No society can progress if its citizens are blind slaves of superstition.knowledge and humanity are the only antidotes to this evil.
It is hoped that as wisdom spreads this evil will dwindle to the point of extinction.
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