List of superstitions in India
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The following list notes some common superstitions of India.
Luck and auspiciousness
- Adding one rupee to a gift sum is auspicious, i.e., sums like 21 or 101 rupees are considered more auspicious than say 20 or 100.
- There are several methods of warding of an "evil eye". Lemon-and-chilli totems are a common method. Mothers put kohl on their babies' face, to ward off evil eye, by making it imperfect.
- In some parts of India, it is considered inauspicious to sweep the floor at night.
- To see a peacock before a journey is considered auspicious.
- It is believed that looking in a broken mirror may bring bad luck.
Ghosts and other supernatural beings
- Peepul trees are believed to be the abode of ghosts and they are avoided at night. Banyan trees are also believed to be inhabited by malevolent spirits.
- Spirit possessions are also reported frequently in India. Exorcisms may be used to ward off the spirit.
- Belief in witches is common in some parts of India. Witches are believed to capable of killing cattle and humans, destroying crops and causing illness. Witch-hunts have been known to happen.
- In parts of Jharkhand, it is believed that if the name of a witch is written on a branch of a Sal tree, the branch would wither away.
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