Friday, April 24, 2015

Superstitions by Mark Twain

Superstitions in the novel ‘The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’ by Mark Twain
 ·         Huck kills a spider which is bad luck
·         The hair-ball tells fortunes
·         Jim says if you count the things you are going to cook for dinner that would bring bad luck.
·         Huck touches a skin of rattle snake and it brings Huck and Jim good and bad luck.
Chapter 1
"Pretty soon a spider went crawling up my shoulder, and I slipped it off and it lit in the candle; and before I could budge it was all shriveled up. I didn't need anybody to tell me that that was an awful bad sign and would fetch me some bad luck, so I was scared and most shook the clothes off of me. I got up and turned around in my tracks three times and crossed my breast every time; and then I tied up a little lock of my hair to keep witches away."  
Chapter 4
 "Jim had a hairball as big as your fist, which had been took out of the fourth stomach of an ox, and he used to do magic with it. He said there was a spirit inside of it that knowed everything. So I went to him that night..." 
Chapter 8
"And Jim said you mustn't count the things you are going to cook for dinner, because that would bring bad luck. The same if you shook the table-cloth after sundown. And he said if a man owned a bee-hive, and that man died, the bees must be told about it before sun-up the next morning, or else the bees would all weaken down and quit work and die."   
Chapter 10
 "You said it was the worst bad luck in the world to touch a snakeskin in my hands." 
"And he said that handling a snake-skin was such awful bad luck that maybe we hadn't got to the end of it yet. He said he druther see the new moon over his left shoulder as much as a thousand times than take up a snake-skin in his hand."  

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Milk to Butter Superstition

If someone is in love, butter will not come out from milk. This is a superstition in the novel, Tess of the D’urbervilles, written by Thomas Hardy.

Milk was churned to get butter. Mrs. Crick, the dairyman’s wife felt that the reason for the milk not turning to butter was someone in the house was in love. Tess went out and the milk turned to butter. 

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Superstitions are many

Cawing of crow brings guests.

Coconut tree, Banyan Tree and Ashoka Tree are sacred.

Giving or accepting anything using left hand is bad.

Don’t ask, "Where are you going?" if anyone goes anywhere. The aim will not be achieved. 

Repeated yawning brings bad luck.

Sneezing many times brings bad events.

Sneezing once means the statement uttered is true. 

If a lizard makes a sound, the statement or thought at that time will be true.

Grains will spoil if touched by women having periods or by women after having sex. 

It is inauspicious to shave on Monday, to do haircut on Tuesday and to wash hair on Thursday.

Rahukaalam and Emakandam or yamakandam are inauspicious periods of time.

If right palm itches that will brink wealth.

Never wash the courtyard immediately after someone leaves the house.

Pumpkins and coconuts are broken at the middle of the road junctions after worshipping God, using them. Never touch them or walk on them or cross them.

During house warming ceremony, let the boiling milk overflow towards East.

If you see cat’s delivery, it brings good luck. 

The rear side of cows is most sacred because Goddess Lakshmi lives there. 

East is the preferred direction for all activities.

Looking at cat in the morning is a curse.  

Looking at mother's face or portrait of God as soon as you open your eyes in the morning will bring good luck for that day.

Tuesdays and Saturdays are inauspicious in some places to start a new work.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Wet Grinder Superstition

Superstitions in Madurai hinder dengue control measures

Beliefs and superstitions hinder the measures to control dengue. Unattended manually operable wet grinders in houses, filled with rain water, become breeding grounds for the mosquitoes. Turning a grinding stone upside down is considered inauspicious in Tamilnadu. Upturned grinder is believed to bring bad luck to houses. Government advises to upturn unused grinders, to control the rapidly spreading dengue fever. But some superstitious people are not cooperating.

In the race against time, the need of both husband and wife getting employed in the present economic situation, increasing in the number of nuclear families and to save time, people started depending more on electricity. Manual wet grinders made up of stone are abandoned. Now-a-days, due to erratic power supply with severe power cuts in Tamilnadu, a few started using their old manual grinders inevitably. 

Monday, January 31, 2011

Superstitions in Tamilnadu

Tamilians’ Superstitions

·        A bird’s nest in the house, where pregnant woman lives is not to be removed.

·        A girl born as a fifth child in a family will bring good luck and wealth.

·        A new vehicle is to be driven over lemons to start its journey.

·        A portrait of Kandhrishti Ganapathy, Kan Drishti Ganesha or Kandhrishti Vinayagar hung at the entrance of your house will destroy evil eye. 

·        A pregnant woman is not to walk in the dark for fear of attack by spirits.

·        A pregnant woman’s desire of eating any thing must be fulfilled, or else the baby will be born with ear problems.  

·        A toad should not fall on a pregnant woman, or else the baby would be weak.

·        Fruits like lemon, pumpkin and coconut can absorb negative energy.

·        If Non vegetarian food is to be carried at night, it must be taken with charcoal (aduppu kari).
·        If you suspect a person as the cause of evil eye, bring some sand or earth on which the person has set foot. Circle this thrice over the victim. Allow the victim to spit on this sand thrice. Add red chilies with this and throw in fire. This will eliminate evil eye.

·        Lemon with some chilies is tied and hung in front of the entrance of a house will shield the house from evil eyes. 

·        Salt and red chilies kept in the fist and circled thrice clockwise and thrice anti clockwise in front of a person and throwing them away through the backyard will clear all the evil eyes on that person.

·        Item like salt, needle, curd, soap nut powder, money etc is not to go out of house at night.

·        Taking of photograph will reduce the life of photographed person.

·        To remove negativity around a person, camphor is to be burnt and shown near that person (Dhristi Pariharam or thirusti sutruthal).

·        To ward off the evil eyes, a child is to be applied with a black colour mark called kan drishti pottu (dhristi pottu) on its cheek.

·        Wearing of a black thread brought from hanuman temple will chase away evil eyes.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Eye Twitching Superstitions

According to an old Chinese saying, "the twitching of the left eyelid indicates the coming of good fortune; while the right one is a warning about the coming bad luck." 

A twitching right eye is considered a bad omen which foretells of ill luck headed your way! In women the tables are turned as a twitching right eye signifies good luck while a twitching left one is considered a bad prognostic.
According to the Chinese, the twitching of the right eye in men signifies an important windfall or good luck, but a twitching left eye would signify ill luck.

A twitch in the lower left eyelid means you can expect to cry soon or someone is gossiping about you.

In India, a twitching right eye is definitely a good sign while the left eye twitching is considered inauspicious.  While left eye twitching is considered good for women it might be a bad sign for men.

In some parts of Africa, twitching in your lower eyelid signals that you will soon be shedding tears or when the upper eyelid twitches, it’s a sign you will meet someone unexpectedly.

In Hawaii, twitching left eye can signal the arrival of a stranger, or mourning in the offing.
In general, if your right eye twitches there will soon be a birth in the family. If the left eye twitches there will soon be a death in the family.

To cure a sty, stand at a crossroads and recite,

“Sty, sty, leave my eye
Take the next one coming by.”

If an eyelash falls out, put it on the back of the hand, make a wish and throw it over your shoulder. If it flies off the hand the wish will be granted.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Superstitions on babies and birth

Superstitions on babies and birth

  • A baby born from a red water sac is believed to have great powers and double sight.
  • A baby born when the moon is rising will be a girl.
  • A baby born with a large mouth will be a good singer.
  • A baby born with big ears will be generous.
  • A baby born with open hands and out-stretched fingers will be prosperous.
  • A baby born with teeth could be a vampire.
  • A baby that is born feet first will have healing abilities.
  • A child born feet first or breech will be lamed in an accident.
  • Babies born at midnight can see ghosts.
  • Babies born at night will stay awake at night.
  • Babies born on Sunday cannot be harmed by evil spirits.
  • Birth is made easier if all the locks in the house are open and you keep an axe under the bed.
  • Firstborn children are protected from witchcraft.
  • Thursday has one lucky hour, just before sunrise, for birth.
  • To hold a newborn baby while menstruating would cause the baby strain.

It is good luck to:

  • Brush your baby with a rabbit’s foot.
  • Carry a baby upstairs when first taking it out into the world.
  • Give a new baby a gift of bread or salt.
  • Have a baby born with a caul.
  • Have a baby first clasp something using it’s right hand.
  • Have a baby sneeze.
  • Kiss a newborn baby.
  • Put a string of coral beads around your baby’s neck.
  • Rub a baby’s head with money.
  • Spit on a newborn baby.

It is bad luck to:

  • Carry a baby downstairs when first taking it into the world.
  • Carry a child on the left side.
  • Cut a baby’s nails before it is twelve months old.
  • Dress a baby by putting clothes over its head instead of its feet.
  • Dress a baby in black.
  • Give away all a baby’s clothes when you have finished with them.
  • Let a cat in the room of a newborn baby.
  • Let babies see themselves in a mirror before they are six months old.
  • Step over a crawling infant.
  • Wash a baby’s hands before it is twelve months old.
  • Watch a baby as it sleeps.
  • Wean a baby in early spring.
  • Weigh a newborn baby.