10 Superstitions in India
Some of these superstitions are believed to have originated from very normal and rational reasons but eventually turned into superstitious beliefs.
Are you thinking of visiting India, or are you interested in knowing more about the culture? If you are, here are a few things you should know about the country. If you’re a person who believes in superstitions, consider taking note of these restrictions.
1. Menstruating Women and the Temple
Though many believe that in India menstruation is considered a form of impurity and women who are currently on their menstrual cycle are prohibited from entering into the temple, it is said that the real reason women aren’t allowed into the temple while menstruating was that because up until 1896, there were no sanitary pads and painkillers weren’t available before the 20th century so women were spared any form of work or strenuous duties during that time of the month.
2. Cutting Your Nails or Washing Your Hair
It is advisable to note that in India, there are people who believe that there are certain days you should never cut your nails or wash your hair. it is inappropriate to cut your nails or wash your hair on Saturdays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Also, some Indians believe that you shouldn't cut your nails in the evenings. It is said that the original reason for this was because it was unhygienic as you might carry dirt into the house but eventually it turned into a superstition insisting that cutting your nails after sunset brings misfortune.
3. The Black Cat
In as much as cats are one of the most adorable creatures, In India, black cats aren't all that adorable as they are believed to bring bad luck. So, if you ever come across a black cat, you are advised to take at least 3 steps backward and wait for the cat to leave before you continue your journey or you can simply spit the moment you sight a black cat. It is believed that failure to do any of these would bring misfortune to the person who comes in contact with a black cat.
4. Shaking Your Legs
In India, if you don’t want to mess up your chances of being wealthy, you are advised to avoid shaking your legs. Even though you have restless leg syndrome like me, you must fight it else you’d either lose a huge sum of money or attract some kind of bad news.
5. Sweeping at Night
In the Hindu tradition, it is believed that Lakshmi ( The goddess of wealth and purity) visits different homes during the evening hours of 6–7 pm. So in order not to drive her away, sweeping at night in Hindu homes is prohibited. That means if you haven’t swept the house all day and you plan on sweeping later in the evening, don’t! Else you might just miss out on having a very special guest.
6. Having Flat Feet
In ancient times, during match-making procedures, the feet of the to-be bride is being checked to make sure they aren’t flat. This is because having flat feet in India is an indication of widowhood. So it is believed that if a bride has flat feet, she’d bring bad luck and untimely death to her husband.
7. Bathing After Attending a Funeral
In ancient times, there were no vaccines for most deadly contagious diseases so there were rituals that were practiced to avoid catching an infection, and one of these rituals was, taking a long bath after attending a funeral ceremony. But soon superstitions kicked in and some of the people believed that showering after a funeral gets rid of the spirits.
8. Sleeping With Your Head Facing the North
In India, it is believed that sleeping with your head facing the North is a bad thing. According to them, it could cause death and many traditional families hold on strongly to that belief without even knowing why. There's a possibility that their ancestors may have been familiar with the concept of magnetic field and biomagnetism. And could have felt it was safer for human blood pressure to sleep facing south.
9. Standing Under Peepal Trees
Usually, during photosynthesis, plants absorb carbon dioxide and change it into energy and give out oxygen. and then at night, since there isn't sunlight, the plants take in oxygen and expels carbon dioxide into the air. This process is what helps us breathe. So it is safe to save that trees are a source of life for humans but in India, it is believed that ghosts live on Peepal trees so anyone who stands under it, dies a mysterious death.
10. Twitching Eyes
Though scientifically, twitching eyes are usually a result of stress and allergies, it is believed to be a sign of both good and bad luck depending on the particular one. If it's the right eye, it is believed that something good is about to happen but when the left eye twitches, something bad is about to happen.