Myth and the Scientific Reasons behind it
There are many myth in India but they always have a scientific reason behind them.Let’s discuss some of them.
Why Indian women wear Bichiya in the Second toe of both legs (Toe rings)?
Married women’s wear bichiya (toe rings) in the second toe of both right and left leg. Previously I thought it’s just too show that they are married. Its an another accessory women’s get to wear after marriage. Region where this tradition is followed, is BIHAR by women’s who are married.
- By Mother:
I have seen my mother, my brother’s wife and many ladies wearing the bichiya (toe ring), once she had got some wound on her finger so I asked her to take that off but she told she won’t take that out because it represents that she is suhagan (married). So I gave her an option to wear that in other finger but she denied, I asked her why is it so? She told it is like this only, it is supposed to be wear in this finger only.
- Scientific Reasons:
It is believed, that their menstrual cycle course is regularized with even intervals. This gives good scope for conceiving to married women. Also, it is said just because of that particular nerve in the second finger from the toe, also connects the uterus and passes through the heart. If you notice, the toe ring will always be on the second toe of the right leg and also the left leg. It will control the uterus and keep it healthy by producing evenly balanced blood pressure to the uterus. As Silver is a good conductor, it also absorbs the energy from the polar energies from the earth and passes it to the body, thus refreshing whole body system.
- Ancient History:
In great Indian epic called ‘Ramayana’ toe ring plays a vital role. When Sita was abducted by Ravana, on the way, she threw her toe ring (kaniazhi) as the identification for lord Rama. This shows that toe ring is used from ancient time.
- Symbolic Meaning:
Just to show that a woman is married.
As far as the symbolic reason is concerned, there is no harm but women take this thing very seriously if there is a wound in that toe they should shift it to another toe of the leg. Also, they should we well known with the Scientific reason about this superstition.
Why older generation told, “DON’T SWEEP THE HOUSE AFTER SUNSET”?
This is another common myth in India. If you sweep your house after sunset Lakshmi will walk out of the house and hence inviting poverty. REGION, where this tradition is followed, is BIHAR, PATNA by women’s and girls.
- By Grand-Mother :
Once my Grand mother asked me to sweep the house when I went to Bihar because she was not well, but I started talking to someone and it was late in the evening and then I started doing it but she told to leave that because it’s too late and if I will do it now Lakshmi will be gone. After coming to Delhi, I saw even my mom follows this myth.
- Societal Reasons:
But the real reason behind this is back in the days when there was no electricity, light of lamp was not enough to spot any small gold ornaments while sweeping and hence chances of sweeping them away with the dust is high. Hence it was not advised to sweep after dark.
- Symbolic Meaning: Lakshmi will go away if we will sweep the house after sunset.
I found this myth to be Logical because till now in Bihar where my village is “Darbhanga”, electricity is not given for full day and night so in the night it’s better not to sweep the house.
Why is Eye Blinking INAUSPICIOUS?
Twitching of the left eye is considered to be either a bad or a good omen, depending on which culture we are referring to. These superstitions take into account the gender and the part of the eye in which the twitching is observed as well. Eye twitching or the sudden involuntary movement or spasms in the eyelids is a common condition. Although there is an established explanation for these constant or intermittent involuntary muscle twitches, including various medical reasons behind them. Apparently, these twitches are nature’s way of warning a person about some impending problem or indicative of some good news on the way.REGION, where this tradition is followed, is EVERYWHERE in India by PEOPLE.
- By Elder Sister:
My elder sister’s eye always started twitching whenever her husband used to come to the house while he was drunk. According to her whenever her eyes will start to twitch then she knew her husband will drink alcohol that day and it actually happened. So eyes twitching was a kind of unlucky for her. I told my mom that my sister’s husband always drinks like every day so how come eyes twitching will tell you that he will be going to drink today. But mom told that didi follow this so not to interfere.
- Scientific Reasons:
Stress: While we’re all under stress at times, our bodies react in different ways. A twitching eye can be one sign of stress, especially when it is related to vision problems such as eye strain. Reducing the cause of the stress can help make the twitching stop.Tiredness: A lack of sleep, whether because of stress or some other reason, can trigger a twitching eyelid. Catching up on your sleep can help.
- Symbolic Meaning: Impending bad luck.
Constantly thinking about something bad will lead something bad to happen So better not to think about it as a bad luck rather think that it will bring good luck then something good will happen. I personally feel that eye twitching brings good luck for me.
Why there is a Sacrifice of goats to God in the festival (Kali Pooja/Durga Pooja)?
In Durga pooja, it’s a tradition that on every Durga Pooja head of the goat will be presented to kaali mata in the temple.The people will wish and if their wish is completed then next time they will get a goat and present the head in the temple for the devotion towards Kaali Mata.
REGION, where this tradition is followed, is BIHAR by PEOPLE.
- By Mother:
My mom had a wish that if we will buy a new house then we will sacrifice a goat’s head to kaali mata. I told her that we are Brahmins, we do think about animals as we are vegetarians.But she told this is the thing which is being followed by many years and if the wish gets completed by the grace of God then we should also present them something.
- Religious Reason:
In all the ancient religions of the world, the ritual of animal sacrifice has remained a great means of attaining the nearness of the Almighty. In India, Goddess Kali is known to favor animal sacrifices—goats in particular. Killing a goat in her name is believed to relieve one of the negative emotions such as fear, anger, and jealousy.
There are no scientific explanations behind this tradition apart from having a feast. Sadly this is still in practice in most of the parts in India. Can we justify the act of killing animals for whatever superstitious belief is been passed on?