List of superstitions in India
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The following are the common superstitions of India.
- Rahukaalam (or Rahu kala) is an inauspicious period of time every day.
- A person born under the influence of Mars is called a manglik or having Mangal Dosha. People avoid marrying such a person, especially if the person is a woman. Marriage with such a person is believed to cause marital discord and divorce, even sometimes death. However, it is believed that if two mangliks marry, the effects of both cancel out.
- It is believed that snakes can drink milk. During the festival of Nag Panchami, snakes are captured and force-fed milk. As a result, several thousand snakes die annually.
- To see a peacock before a journey is considered auspicious.
- People believe that lizards are poisonous while in fact they have no poison.
- If a lizard falls on body, people take a bath.
- In some parts it is believed that if 3 lizards come towards you, it is sign of marriage but if 4 or more lizards come towards you, it is a sign of upcoming death.
- If a black cat crosses your way, it is treated to be very bad day. It may harm your work, health and wealth.
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.
People believe if they keep laughing buddha facing the door is a sign of good luck
- 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.
- It is believed that looking in a broken mirror may bring bad luck.
- People don't have a shave, haircut or cut their nails on Tuesday, Thursday or Saturday believing that it is bad luck.
- Plucking flowers or leaves at night is considered 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.
Sexuality and reproduction
- Dhat syndrome is culture bound syndrome where the sufferer believes he is losing dhat or semen in urine.
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