It is really interesting to know how these mysterious baseless stereotypical superstitions control our minds and lives. Are we still living in the dark ages of ignorance? Or Have we really moved on?
Superstitions are part of every literate as well as illiterate society. They are cultural and traditional believes that mould the thoughts and actions of society. They make up our ancient belief system and are being questioned by modern more rational and tech-oriented community.
As it is an unproved African stereotypical taboo that drinking of milk by a child will make the little mind reckless, many such believes hinder our progress and development of mind as well.
In our Pakistani community, a lot of stereotypes are common though rootless and lame. Let me tell you how many of them are true and have really worked.
LOOKING INTO THE MIRROR AT MIDNIGHT:
It is believed to be not good to look in the mirror at midnight according to some rustic believes. I remember being warned by one of my relatives from seeing my reflection at night. She reasoned that you may see a ghost. Such a lame and silly logic, Isn’t it? It was unbelievable for me in my childhood and being curious I never let myself get feared by a mere belief or more appropriately a superstition.
SWEEPING IN THE EVENING:
This superstition was adopted from Indian culture as it was a taboo for them. It was said that sweeping the floor in evening time brings bad luck. There is another believe linked with the act, saying that it sweeps away “rizq” from home.
Well, these superstitions only create phobias which lead to occurrence of certain things in a chain. So, people’s faith is strengthened by this action and outcome relationship. They just attract the consequences by the power of their believes.
CROSSING OF A BLACK CAT:
Crossing of the path by a black cat is one prominent superstition that exists even in the educated community. It is believed to be symbol of impending trouble. It sometimes proves right because of firm belief of people, who then link bad things up with this widespread superstition.
These superstitions are more like predicting future or providing foresight that comes from wisdom of our ancestors.
Let’s suppose, “what if we cross the path of a black cat?” Is the cat then is going to have a bad day?
We need not to forget that good and bad fortunes come from ALLAH and no one else.
MILK AFTER FISH:
One more very common superstition that has plagued our minds is taking milk after eating fish. It is believed to cause Vitilago. Vitilago is a disease which causes white patches on skin. For your relief, let me tell you, it is a particular kind of fish that leads to Vitilago which is not even available here in Pakistan. So, free your minds from this fear.
There are few numbers like 9, 13, 17 which aren’t believed to be good times or dates to begin something new. They are the unlucky numbers which bring trouble and bad luck. So, we have a good reason to blame our worst outcomes on such numbers.
THE CROW AT YOUR ROOF:
After a lot of bad luck charmers, the crow is cawing to deliver the message of arrival of the guests soon enough. As guests are considered blessings in disguise according to dictates of our religion, crow brings with it the good news.
SNEEZE OF REMEMBRANCE:
Sneezes are thought to be symbolic of the fact that the person is being remembered by someone. Though, I don’t remember of it becoming a fact. Rather it is now considered to be a point when we are saved from death.
Itchy palms are believed to bring money soon enough to the person. Unfortunately, so far it never worked for me.
Crossing of fingers at the moment of trouble helps in avoiding bad luck. People also cross fingers while making promises believing that this will not let the promise be made. They feel free from the responsibility of fulfilling it and make a fool of people. Thus it helps in telling of lies as well.
SWINGING OF AN EMPTY SWING:
Swinging of the empty swing in the air causes ghosts to sit on them and they do not stop swinging afterwards. This is fearful yet another superstition.