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“Don’t go out after dark” someone advises an expectant mother. “Do not sleep with your head in the north.” In addition to these often given advice there are numerous other things that are considered to be a bad omen. Breaking of a mirror, spilling of milk or some sneezing when a person is about to leave.
As a child we were told that anyone who asks for water, should be served without delay. If you don’t you will be born as a ‘chatak’ bird in your next life – This is a mythical bird that can drink water only when it rains. We learnt the lesson of service in fear, but soon realised that water being the elixir of life should not be denied to anyone.
Breaking a mirror should be avoided at all cost. The glass used in mirrors is of a very fine quality and shatters to miniscule pieces. Even after a careful cleaning speck like bits might remain on the floor. Anyone walking barefoot is at risk. An expectant mother should be careful in her movements and going out in the dark, specially in rural India, could make her vulnerable to accidents. She may trip, get bitten by a snake or a poisonous thorn may pierce her foot. Any of this could be fatal for the unborn child and even for her.
Recent research has confirmed that radiations given out from the North Pole can effect the human brain in a negative way. This is more true when a person is sleeping and all his physical defence is at the lowest.
A sneeze is a sign that a person is not well. And nobody wants to leave when a person is ill. It is only courtesy that we sit and wait for a while to see that everything is fine again.
All said and done, except for some, most superstitions are based on good old wisdom. You will not be hanged for not following them but sometimes it may be wise to heed these words of caution. But don’t just blindly follow superstitions. Know the concrete logical reason behind them and then only follow them for the right reason only. Some superstitions are illogical like don’t pass the road if a cat crossed before you. One should be sceptical enough to follow or reject any superstition.