Superstition is a belief in a non-physical (i.e. supernatural) causality: that one event causes another without any physical process linking the two events.
CHALLENGE FIVE: SUPERSTITION OR COINCIDENCE
The topic – “If something regarded as superstition by you, becomes true for you more than once or twice, would you still consider it as superstition or begin to believe in it?”
I’ll start by making my original stand clear – I do not believe in truth of any superstitions, AT ALL. It is my belief that one or few particular events are not jinxed that they will always cause bad events… or doing something particularly will not cause the event to go well.
Having said that, I give due credit to human psychology because it has rightly put forth that our unconscious brain picks up things from our surroundings, without us knowingly doing so. So, now every time I mention something good, I subconsciously say, “Touch wood”. That is a superstition I ‘believe in’ even though I don’t believe it in.
1. Do not proceed , if a black cat crosses your way.
2. Looking at a cat in the morning is jinx.
3. Giving or taking anything by the left hand is bad.
4. Never ask the question “where are you going? ” while someone is leaving the house, its purpose will not be fulfilled.
5. Repeatedly yawning and hiccups indicate that someone is remembering you.
6. Sneezing odd no. of times indicates that something bad could happen.
7. A no moon day is inauspicious.
8. Right eye twitching is good for men, left eye twitching is good for women.
9. Cawing of crow indicates arrival of guests.
10. If there is itching on the right palm (left for female) you can get some money or favors.
11. Going below the ladder is a jinx.
12. Taking a teaspoon of curd with little sugar before exam will bring good luck
13. If a dog starts wailing then something bad will happen.
14. Always donate a sum of Rs.101 instead of Rs.100 or Rs.51 instead of Rs.50. The extra rupee brings good luck.
15. Spilling oil from the container onto the floor is a sign of bad luck and ill omen.
16. If a framed picture of someone falls off the nail on the wall and the glass breaks, the person in the photo will be met by Death, or the family in that photo will suffer greatly.
17. Whilst praying for someone if the diya or oil lamp flame goes out, the guy you’re praying for is going to die.
18. Seeing a peacock is good, hearing it’s god-awful cry is bad.
19. It’s bad of you to exchange items over the threshold separating two rooms.
20. Bury your milk teeth in the soil.
21. The number 13 is jinxed.
22. You don’t go to bed wearing new clothes.
Finally, on to what I was asked. Well, to answer this question to my challenger and to all others, I would like to start with a question, how much role does our unconscious mind play in our actions and our thought process and reactions to these actions? I portrayed how my unconscious mind works just a few paragraphs back.
Why I am asking is, because when a superstitious event occurs, is it not us who now perceive anything which happens after that as an affect of the event. Let me take a few examples:
- My exam goes decently everyday. One day, on a particularly difficult paper, I decide to have sweet curd before the exam. My exam goes decent again. Now, suddenly, it’s not my hard-work, but the curd that made my paper go well?
- I am walking to college when a black cat crosses my way. Everyday in college, there are good things and there are bad things. But today, it is not routine that made a bad thing part of my day but the black cat?