Superstition is an illogical belief emerging from the darkness and is an unrealistic way of looking at life. Even in highly flourishing societies, bars of superstition can be seen and heard. A lot of us believe in superstitions that do not have valid reasons. There are boundless cases of superstitions. Some kinds of superstitions like breaking mirrors, spilling milk, or a black cat crossing the way are parts of deceived beliefs.
Nepal, with a low knowledge rate and many remote villages far into the Himalayas, sees many superstitions within its society. Some of them are based on reasonable explanations of beliefs while many are just baseless statements of old dogmas.
Many old superstitions and baseless dogmas have been denied by society, but there are still some that have managed to withstand the test of time. Here are those superstitions that still keep going in Nepalese society:
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1. Cat Crossing the Road
This is probably one of the popular superstitions that are implanted deep into everyone’s subconscious. This is why motorists or persons stop in odd places on the road just to let some others cross by.
2. Combing Hair At Night
It is a common assumption in many houses in Nepal that combing your hair at nighttime brings bad luck to the family.
This superstition is connected with the truth that in old times houses lacked proper lighting and combing hair at night would result in meshy and broken hair shores. However, this practice is still common in many Nepali peoples.
3. Overturned Shoes
It is considered very unlucky to see an upturned shoe. Nepalese almost constantly take their moment to correct the overturned shoes as they think it to have a bad impression on their work.
4. Whistling At Night
Most people in Nepal are not pleased with anyone whistling at night. It is considered that if you whistle at night, then you are attracting bad souls, demons, and ghosts to your home.
5. Hanging Lemon And Chili
It is a nationally common superstition in Nepal. It is believed that hanging dry lemon and chili on the front of shops and cars guards you and your profession from evil spirits or from people’s evil purposes.
6. Stepping on a Book
More particularly, books have ‘Saraswati Bhagwan’ (Goddess Saraswati) in them, so if you step on them, it’s bad luck unless you bow to them.
7. Jumping Over a Broom
It is believed that, if you jump over a broom, then you will have bad luck. Best to dodge this, really.
8. Cutting Nails at Night
According to old generation peoples, if you cut your nail throughout the night time, then something wrong will happen tomorrow.
9. Left Eye Flutter
There are varieties for this, but the common faith is that eye twitching is bad. Some say that but if your right eye flutter, then it is good luck.
10. Odd Numbers of Food Servings
If you are assisting yourself with food, then you must never put unpaired serving. Odd serving is said to be very unlucky. Better go with even servings, and even if you kept one serving that feels like it is enough for you. You should always keep a little portion again to make it even.
11. Touching the Neck
If you touch the neck region, you get a goiter. This is completely ridiculous, and if you touch the neck of another person, then that person has to ‘blow’ your hand to prevent it.
12. Banging Head With Other People
If you hit your head accidentally with another person’s head, then better bang it again because you will have bad luck if you don’t!
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