Just 10 Nepali Superstitions That Are Engraved In Our DNA
Superstitious beliefs are a part of every culture. We are no different. But it is so ingrained in our culture that sometimes certain things we do feel illegal. Here are 10 superstitious beliefs that make us feel like we’re breaking the law.
1) Touching your neck
When you touch your neck, or someone else’s when you’re strangling them, you automatically blow on your hands because according to superstition, your neck will swell up.
2) Slipper flipper
How many times have we cringed/panicked after seeing a shoe/slipper turned over? Why do we do so? Because, just like many beliefs on this list, we feel that a a turned over footwear brings nothing but bad luck. What do we do when we see something like that?
3) Teen Baas
The father of the house leaves for Pokhara, the mother of the house leaves and stays at her maiti, which means two people belonging to the same household are not in the house. If a third person from the same household goes to someone else’s house for a sleepover, then can you guess what will happen? You’re right. BAD LUCK.
4) A black cat crossing our path
This one is pretty universal. When we see a black cat crossing our path, we either wait for someone else to cross the path that the black cat just walked on, or we spit on the ground three times then cross the road.
5) Touching notebooks or pens with your feet
Everything from a small eraser to a big notebook is believed to have Goddess Saraswati, the Goddess of knowledge, in it. And us stepping on it or even touching it with our feet is considered a disrespect to Saraswati Mata. If we ever do it, we immediately touch it with our hands and put it on our forehead to apologize.
6) Chokho Chokho Fun
If we accidentally spit on some-wait. No. Let me rephrase that. Ahem. WHEN we accidentally spit on someone, we immediately have to say Chokho Chokho in order to purify the person. If we don’t, then by the laws of superstition, the person we accidentally spit on, remains impure. I’m sure this is backed up by science. Right?
7) Cawing crows
If you hear a crow cawing, then you should say “Shubh bole shubh bole” in order to receive good news that day. Some believe that a crow cawing means the arrival of guests. It makes sense because I haven’t heard any crows ever since the lockdown started.
8) Bag on floor
This, once again, is related to Saraswati Mata. If you put your school bag on the floor, then it is considered a sign of disrespect to the Goddess of Knowledge and thus, your grades will be terrible. I always used this excuse during my report card day. Never seemed to work.
9) Whistling at night
If you whistle at night, a demon is said to come and possess you. I can see this happening in two ways. First is that the demons have an app on their phones which shows them where a whistling human is situated. Second is that they wait at night hidden in bushes or somewhere, just waiting for a whistling person to come by so they can possess them. I’m making so much sense right now. I’m proud of myself.
10) No sun means no cutting/shaving
After the sun has gone down, it is considered bad luck to cut your hair, nails or shave. I mean, as long as you don’t do it whistling, you should be fine.
There you have it. Ten superstitious beliefs ingrained in our culture that make us feel like we’re breaking the law when we don't follow them. Is there any list you want to see from us? Let us know in the comments below.
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