I grew up in a moderately liberal minded religious Bengali family. Though I heard many a things not to do but hardly any sort of reasoning was given behind them.
Even if I asked the reason, I was hardly given any reason. But as I grew up, I tried finding some reasoning and after some research I got answers to most of the reasons.
Some of these superstitions are:
- Don’t sit on a pillow, you will get a phora in your back. The logical reasoning is that sitting on a pillow increases the chances of the pillow being bursting, thus causing a financial loss.
- Don’t cut your nails in the night. The logical reasoning is in older days, there was no electricity, which increases the chances of cutting your hand and thus getting hurt.
- Don’t broom your room after sunset. The reason is due to lack of electricity, you might lose some important thing.
- Don’t cross over your elder. The reason is your leg might get stuck with the elder’s and you might fall on the ground, getting hurt.
- Don’t eat kool or plum before Saraswati Puja. Plum is a cold fruit, eating which might catch you cold. Normally the weather starts warming after Saraswati Puja. So you won’t catch cold if you eat after the Puja.
- Eating Dahi-Chini before going for a good work. The reason was, India being a warm country, dahi-chini cools down the body.
- Don’t eat egg before a good job. The reason is egg’s nature is hot. It might cause the body to become excessive hot and cause acidity problem, thus harming the good job.
- A cat crossing the road. The reason is, normally children keep playing with a cat. And if a cat crosses your road, there are chances that a child will also run after the cat. In earlier days, horse carts and bullock carts were being used and if a child falls in front of that, it can get seriously hurt.
So, basically all these superstitions used to have significance in earlier days. But we have a habit of not analyzing any rule. We are taught from childhood just to obey the rules, without knowing the reason. Thus most of the people do not know the reason of these rules.