“ Never whistle at night, it attracts snakes, Dont sleep with your legs crossed at the ankles, it attracts the devil, Witches fly around 1-2am every morning, make sure not to be awake at that time.  If you catch white egrets flying in the sky a tiny white lucky patch appears on your finger nail (actually happened a couple of times).Do not look into the mirror at night or you will be seen by witches. If a bird shits on your head, its good luck .One should take off shoes worn to graveside before entering their house, so they don’t bring death to the home”.

The SUPERSTITIONS!!!These are some of the lines heard by many of us in our lives. I don’t why people are so superstitious that every single action refers towards something good or evil. Superstition is the fear of what is unknown and mysterious. It is the belief that certain events bring good or bad luck which cannot be explained by reason or science. In short, superstition means blind belief. Superstition is a worldwide phenomenon. People in every country believe in one or the other superstition. There are certain common superstitions which are shared by all the people in the world. Belief in spirits, ghosts and witches; the cries of certain birds like owl and ravens and mewing of cats are superstitions followed all over the globe. It is also a common belief that when comets are seen, they portend the death of great man. People in the West still regard ’13’ as an unlucky number because at the Last Supper, Lord Jesus dined with his twelve disciples and was later crucified. Salt was spilled on the table on which they dined and, therefore, even now spilling of salt is considered unlucky. They consider Friday as an inauspicious day to start a new work. They also believe that going under a ladder brings ill-luck. The world today is governed by science. Science has made life easy and man has advanced a lot. Superstitions have no applications in today’s life. So we, should not follow the superstitions that were passed on to us by our ancestors. We should follow  only the ones which have scientific and logical basis. A person believing in superstitions is always haunted by unknown fears and anxieties. He lose self-confidence. Education is one factor that can wipe out superstitions to some extent. A scientific outlook and temper should be cultivated to do away with superstitions. Human spirit is the ability to face the uncertainty of the future with curiosity and optimism. It is the belief that problems can be solved, differences resolved. It is a type of confidence. And it is fragile. It can be blackened by fear, and superstition. By the year 2050, when the conflict began, the world had fallen upon fearful, superstitious times.

“Wisdom must yield to superstition’s rules,
Who arms with bigot zeal the hand of fools.”
― VoltaireCandide and The Maid of Orleans.

 

By: Ammara Siddique