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Kinds of belief, good and bad

The other day, I got superstitious in a superstitious case. And that led me into doing a little bit of research into the history of superstition and its fascinating and innumerable kinds, writes PP Wangchuk.

india Updated: Dec 09, 2009 01:17 IST
P.P. Wangchuk

The other day, I got superstitious in a superstitious case. And that led me into doing a little bit of research into the history of superstition and its fascinating and innumerable kinds.

I developed a keen interest in some of the superstitions that had never been heard of before. One such was, " Crossing your fingers helps avoid bad luck." I tried to reason out how and why this act could help one keep away from bad luck. My efforts went futile as not even a hint was available.

I thought of various possibilities, some of them quite weird.

But one possible reason that I thought quite possible and reasonable was that crossing one's fingers tight could mean concentration of body force, energy, attention and working of the mind and soul together.

And, this makes one a formidable force which kills negative forces and eliminates fear for the unknown and the supernatural. Bad luck 'visits' those who are weak of mind and soul.

Among the many other superstitions that one could learn about, the good and the bad ones were almost in equal number.

Some of the bad ones that I found good were: To open an umbrella in the house is to bring bad lick. To break a mirror gets one seven years of bad luck. And it's a black cat, not any cat, that brings bad luck if it crosses your path.

Among the ones that bring good luck, I found these interesting: Clothes worn inside out; and finding a penny heads up. You must get out of your bed from the same side as you got in.

And then look at these: Warm hand, cold heart. Cold hand, warm heart.

Now I know how to understand the person/s I shake hands with!

If one tries to look for logic behind superstitions, one gets into an interesting world of discovery that one does not like to quit so easily. The world of superstition may be for the ignorant and the fool, but let's agree life would be less interesting without them.