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Re: Deeper meanings

PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2017 3:29 pm
by Nosuperstition
Another superstition I was taught right from childhood is that goddess Lakshmi,the goddess of wealth will stay in your house if only you maintain it damn clean.Else she will leaving you causing you to be left with financial troubles.Needless to say that this came into being to prevent people from falling sick in periods when there were no anti-biotics and when falling prey to diseases can be fatal.

Re: Deeper meanings

PostPosted: Sat Dec 23, 2017 8:16 am
by Nosuperstition
There is another superstition which I know.It goes this way.If anyone is going out of house on some work without informing the members of the house where exactly he/she is going,neither them nor anyone outside the house should enquire about his/her destination.If they enquire then the work at the destination will not be completed or fulfilled.Perhaps this is so instituted that an individual's secret does not become public and so that his/her secrecy remains guarded.

Re: Deeper meanings

PostPosted: Mon Feb 05, 2018 2:08 pm
by Nosuperstition
Now there is another superstition that I have learnt as a child at my home concerning compulsory head bath as and when I come home after visiting a hair saloon.I was some sort of untouchable in such condition and become touchable only after having a bath.The deeper meaning told to me at a later date was that the muscles of the intestines or bowels are tender and therefore any large hair that goes through the mouth might cause considerable or collateral damage in the digestive system and any small hair particle might pierce and get stuck over there.

Now I have heard of Christians in India who are even post-graduates but in general refuse outright prasaad or the Hindu holy food placed before the idol of the deity.The reason could be that the prasaad is actually a sacrifice albeit mostly non-violent sacrifice of plants and plant foods and in the N.T it is said that the pagans sacrifice to the demons and thou shall not part-take of their rituals.

Now the deeper meaning in this case seems to be keeping the bonds of your tribe/community strong enough and not associating/cementing bonds with the 'others'.

Re: Deeper meanings

PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 1:35 pm
by Nosuperstition
Now another superstition I learnt at home was that you have to be quite careful while salting your food and any spill over of salt on the floor will bring in misfortune.Now after knowing a bit of history,I think,I can tell the origins of this one.Salt as of today is a cheap commodity thanks to the new techniques of manufacturing using sea water ,but that had not been the case in the middle ages and in the classical ages when people depended solely on rock salt.It was such a valuable commodity that one could not afford to waste it.It was so valuable that the now widely used word 'nammakam' for trustworthness actually originates from the Urdu word namak meaning salt.Salt is called 'uppu' in Telugu and 'Kshaaram' in Sanskitised Telugu.Being a rare commodity,those who attained it by currying favour with the aristocracy swore to remain loyal or trustworthy to such ruling class by telling them that 'I have eaten your salt,so I will stand by you'.For a time,people of subcontinent who served in the army of the East India Company used to say that we have consumed the salt of this particular business entity and therefore we need to remain loyal to it,notwithstanding the fact that East India Company basically was trying to creatie an Empire for the British in the sub-continent where lands of others will be exploited for the benefit of those who reside elsewhere.Therefore this superstition came into being even though it should have been redundant/superfluous in modern society.

Re: Deeper meanings

PostPosted: Sat Jul 13, 2019 2:29 pm
by manfred
Thw thing about spilling salt you find also in Western counties, spilling salt is supposed to bring bad luck in the UK and Ireland, and salt on a piece of bread is an offering to a most honoured guest in Russia, to this day.

Re: Deeper meanings

PostPosted: Thu Sep 05, 2019 5:48 pm
by Nosuperstition
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somewhat related superstitions are also practiced in India.For example when you shift your house,you should not take up the responsibility of cleaning up the dirt in your previous house at it supposedly brings bad luck.

Now you should not put your foot on either papers or on coins as both denote the goddesses of education and wealth respectively

Now someone told me that this mirror superstition came into being as pieces of shattered mirror are extremely sharp and will cause bleeding if you stumble upon them.

The sneezing superstition is slightly different in India , in that you should delay your work as sneezing is a bad omen and if you sneeze while eating , you should mouth wash your mouth before resuming eating.

Someone told us in this forum that in Islam you should not look at your complete naked body in mirror as that supposedly brings you some misfortune or something.