I wrote about 'Anugunj' an exhibition on the Myths beliefs and folk lore of India, which is being presented in the National Museum, New Delhi.
|A scary ugly face is put on the facade of buildings to ward off evil spirits|
Elderly ladies in my family have always said that there was a lot of wisdom in those beliefs which we call myths today. Since my childhood, I have tried to find some logic in the superstitions followed in my home. If I was able to find any sane logic in them, I would follow.
Here are a few superstitions and the possible thought behind it or the logic supporting it.
My mother always told not to sweep the floor after sunset. I think it was because there was no electricity in the rural India and sweeping floor after the sunset, when they only had oil lamps, can result in sweeping away small jewellery pieces or money from the home. But, I don't think it hold any relevance in today's time.
Also, switching on the lights in the evening with chanting the name of God along with that was always funny for me! Was it some means of thanking the Fire God in the old days when a oil lamp was burnt in the evening? Possibly. Although, there is no harm in showing gratitude, but now with living in smaller and closed homes we switch on the lights right from the morning, I think the practice of thanking God for light got vanished.