Myths or superstitions are concepts or stories which are widely believed but are actually false. They are the concepts we received from our ancestors or the generations before us to be followed and undoubtedly held some genuine reason at that time.
However, times changed and those concepts were not required to be continued but were passed on from one generation to the next without giving it a logical thought.
Like, muma once told me to not clean the house in the evening. But why? Because many generations ago, when people did not used to have electricity in their homes and it got dark in the evening, they considered that cleaning the house would lead to mistakenly throwing away the valuables from the house.
So does this concept hold true in current scenario? Nope. Hardly are there any houses without electricity in today’s date. Hence this concept becomes a myth or superstition and shouldn’t be followed.
Yes, question everything that you don’t know about, find a logical answer for it. And if you don’t find one, don’t pass it on to the next generation. So here I am myth debunking (yep, that’s what it’s ‘officially’ called) some concepts and let’s see if they are required to be followed in the present or not.
– Taking a bath after attending last rites – It’s suggested to have a bath after coming from a funeral or else ‘a sad news could come from your house too’. Vaccinations weren’t prevalent in earlier times and chances of infection from the deceased or the bacteria of it’s decomposition were high. Hence, bath was advised. Still, to prevent oneself from infection (just in case) one should have a bath after attending a funeral and thus this concept holds true.
– Women shouldn’t enter the temples or kitchen during menstruation – So commonly heard, so blindly followed. In earlier times, vehicles weren’t prevalent and temples were far off or had too many stairs. There were joint families and too much work had to be done in the kitchen. So just because the woman was already in pain, she was suggested to rest. But the problems of commutation or too much work load aren’t prevalent now and it’s time to give this myth a break. (Please don’t bring in the concept of pure/impure, women too are made by god and menstruation is a natural biological process.)
– Do not go near the Peepal tree at night – Because of the hanging witches who would kill and eat you? No, because of basic science. It’s because trees emit carbon-di-oxide at night and it shouldn’t be inhaled by humans. Seems like the Peepal tree was scapegoat for all other trees. (kidding!)
– Don’t cut your nails at night and don’t wash your hair on particular days – Again because of no electricity and sharpness of the blades used to cut nails it was advised to cut them in daylight. Also, It was advised to wash hair on particular days to save water. So I think the former one can be left behind but the latter one should still be followed because water is a precious resource and it should be used wisely.
– Having Dahi-Cheeni (sugar and curd) while leaving for a big day – Sugar makes the day start on a sweet note making any task auspicious or prosperous. Dahi cheeni are on a whole considered to be having a cooling impact on the body (good for tropical climate like India) and fueling you with energy. Not a bad concept isn’t it? Surely can be followed.
– Neembu-Mirchi (Lemon and chilli) for protection against evil – Seen everywhere, in front of houses or offices or on trucks, neembu mirchi are considered to be effective natural pesticides and anti-bacterials thus protecting the environment they are hung in. Seems like a fine idea which can always be followed.
– Bird shit brings luck – As funny and silly as it sounds, the bird shit is considered lucky if you believe in the concept of Karma. Since something bad like a bird shitting on you happened without your intentions, karma ensures something good would happen with you to nullify it. So this concept is all upto you if you believe in Karma or not.
– Adding Re 1 to money as gift – 101? 501? Ever thought about the presence of that Re 1 coin on the gifting envelopes? Round figures like 500 and 1000 signify the end but the Re 1 signifies that you wish the person to continue to get wealthy. Also, as a wedding gift, it is believed that a number not divisible by 2 leaves a remainder which keeps the couple together. But a number divisible by 2 would leave no remainder thus nullifying the concept. I find the logic behind this concept not very interesting but it does no harm too.
These are the list of my debunked myths. Surely there’ll be many more but I could only find these on the internet with relatable, logical or funny concepts. Let me know in the comments section some other commonly heard myths and the reason you know behind them. It’s always good to be curious. 🙂