Mar 2, 2007

Superstition

My contribution to Sunday Scribblings #49 - Superstition

I'm not a very superstitious person and that leaves me a chance to scoff at people who believe in superstitions. My grandma believed in many of them and I used to question her a lot. Although she couldn't give proper explanation, I enjoyed poking her with my logic.

She always used to say that whenever a group of people leave the house, they shouldn't leave in a batch of three. So my dad and I used to leave first and then my brother used to follow after a few minutes. I never get the logic behind this. And ofcourse, I don't understand the most famous raghu kaalam and yamakandam timings being followed strictly in most of the homes. Though I don't remember any such timings, I can never forget the raghu kaalam timing on a sunday which is between 4.30 and 6 PM. Whenever we planned to go out on a leisurely Sunday evening, we had to leave by 4 PM and not later than that.

I had a strange habit in my early teens. I used to eat handfuls of raw rice quite often. Somehow I liked the raw, crispy taste very much during those days. My grandma used to warn me that it will rain heavily on the day of my marriage. I used to neglect her warnings and reply casually that many invitees will not be able to attend my wedding if it rains and we can save some money. Her warning failed and there wasn't any rain on my wedding day.

I don't think the present generation has many superstitious beliefs as it used to be during our grand parents' days. It's good and bad in both ways - good in the sense that people have started asking logical reasoning behind every action and that leaves less room for people who spread false messages in the society; bad because the opportunity to share hearty laughs with our grandparents is lost.

10 comments:

Skely said...

Same here...My father believed in not leaving the house as four in number..

My mom and myself would walk first, followed by my father and my bro...

I tried arguing with my father many a times, and later realized it is best to leave people as they are!!!

Kamsin said...

Interesting superstitions, I am intrigued to learn more about the "timings" you mentioned. I guess it times it is unlucky to leave your house? Anyway, my grandmother is the same, she believes many of the old superstitions which younger people no longer pay attention to.

sundaycynce said...

I like the points you make at the end: the gain and the loss of the fact that fewer people now believe in superstitions.

Janie Hickok Siess, Esq. said...

Interesting! I had never heard about leaving in 3's, but they say famous people die in 3's and it seems to be true.

Speedy Chick said...

I have always heard that bad news comes in threes and even though I know it can't be true it doesn't stop me from worrying about it. My grandmother believed that if a bird hit the window someone has died and also if you hear 3 knocks that it meant the same. We still never knock three times if we are visiting.

Regina Clare Jane said...

Very interesting- so, if you eat raw rice it means it will rain? :)

Autrice DelDrago said...

Italians have a host of strange superstitions. My family still holds onto them.

Anu said...

Skely, three/four seems to be questionable :-)

kamsin, yes, those timings are supposed to be bad and you are not supposed to start anything or leave home.

regina, yes, if you eat uncooked raw rice, then it will rain during your wedding. that's what my grandma used to say! :-)

gautami tripathy said...

What I always felt, if you eat raw rice, you can only end up with worms!!

boliyou said...

I'd never heard the "four" superstition before. That's very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

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