A place where development is in its full pace, inhabitants still rely on the belief of snake-charmers, more than the educated doctors. India, a land where scientific advances merge with the unusual superstitious beliefs, makes us question our every step towards a progressive society. Are we really opening our mind to all the possibilities?
Superstitious belief is a dangerous state of mind. One of the major causes being the literacy rate. For a country like India, where most of its income depends on agricultural lands, education is a foremost requirement.
Slaughtering an animal for religious superstitions, claiming it as a God’s gift or prohibiting any menstruating women to enter a certain temple; India is stuck in these medieval thoughts. Apart from these, the likes of a black cat being a bad luck, or the sheer correlation between a pregnant woman and the risk of her getting possessed at night, all these sums up to a pretty horrifying mental state that people in India still harbour.
The Sabarimala case:
The recent outrage that occurred in the Ayyappa Temple of the Sabarimala region in Kerela had us question the extent, these superstitions are engraved in a person. After the Supreme Court ruled out the age-old traditions of prohibiting women of menstruating age to enter the temple, the patriarchal society protested against the decision, leading to an outrage. Few female journalists, as well as religious women, were mobbed at the entry.
As per the medieval mentality, menstruating women are considered ‘Impure’. A normal phenomenon in a female body, essential for childbirth is considered a non-pious for the temple. A logic is hard to look for. As society is growing in its capabilities, open minds are accepting the superstitions as vague enough. But somehow few people are still hung onto their beliefs.
Animal slaughter for religious purposes:
India is the home for religious rituals and practices. One of the most common being the animal slaughter. Many pujas including the “Kali Puja’ in Bengal’, has been practiced along with animal slaughter, since ages.
The superstition, as the society claims that the deity herself, the noir ‘Kali’ asks for the animal sacrifice as a gift to her by mankind.
A loss of life, a sacrifice is never worth the worship. As the mentalities are changing, people have become more conscious regarding this heinous crime. Protecting the innocent lives should be our priority, standing up for animal rights. But the practices aren’t completely diluted yet.
The ‘Milk Bath’ for the Lord Almighty:
Milk has been one of the most nutritious meals for a population counting to billions. After the White Revolution, milk has been made available for every household. A rich source of vitamin-D, calcium and other proportions of nutrition are essential for the normal functioning of a human body.
But as India struggles with poverty and hunger, milk has been used as a pious ingredient for bathing the sculptures of God for centuries. Gallons of milk are poured on these sculptures claiming to be as a service to God. But a lack of humanity is all it takes to ignore the proportions of hunger struck people, unable to provide even a single meal for their kids or family. A superstition at the cost of humanity?
The ‘Sati’ ritual:
Back in the days, before independence, ‘Sati’ was a prevalent ritual, especially in the states of West Bengal and Rajasthan. Women were regarded as a mere property and were married off early to men having at least an age gap of 50-60 years. After the death of their husbands, young wives were asked to give up their life on the same burning funeral pyre, effectively committing ceremonial suicide
A ruthless ritual was brought to an end, after the likes of Raja Rammohan Roy, who fought against it and the orthodox Indians, abolishing the norm. But in many parts of India, ‘Sati’ is still being considered as the right ritual to follow; killing young girls in the name of sacrifice. India and her Superstitions are still at large, causing deaths and disappointment.
Apart from these major superstitions, people have made their own world of beliefs claiming it to be true, and superstitious India exists to a large extent. Superstition has been a major driving force for a religious Indian. But the question being, at what cost?
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