Myths are some of the common beliefs among the people which might be tru or might not be true also. These myths are done since very olden times and are passed on to generation to generations in an expectation to be followed. Usually the origin of some of them might have told a different story as on compared to the one we might hear. The stories have changed as they are re-told from one to another and people are bent to build in stories. So gradually most of them have become untrue. There are different kinds of myths in almost all the fields. Myths in health, in science, at work and so on. Some of the myths which are commonly believed in India and which are not true are,
10. One can swallow tongue at the time of Epilepsy
Epilepsy is a condition occurred due to the on set of friction in brain waves causing disturbance in the brain activity, which causes rigidness in the human muscles. During such a thing people believe that there are chances of the person to swallow his or her tongue. But this is totally untrue. An epileptic person or a normal person cannot swallow one’s own tongue. There are chances of breaking his or her jaws or teeth’s and sometimes cutting his own tongue by chewing it. Hence it’s important to turn the person to side ways and do not stuff anything into the person’s mouth.
9. Shaving the head of a widow
It is a common act in Hindu custom to shave the hair of a woman’s head when her husband dies. These practices are followed since olden days and it is one of the last rituals of many other practices such as breaking of bangles, removing her bindhi along with her jewels and finally removing the hair. It was believed that when a widow braids her hair the spirit of her dead husband binds to her and the places where he frequented through her. It was a kind of welcoming a spirit into our space which was termed as evil. Hence in olden days, when a husband dies a woman’s head was shaved. Though this is not practiced now, some of the people of those times still believe it.
8. Stay indoor during an Eclipse
The eclipse alone can give us a number of myths followed in our country. Most of these myths are made through olden astrologers or some seniors to help them in some way or the other to make people listen to them. It is a common belief followed even today, that at the time of eclipse one should not step out, as it can affect us causing serious problem to our body. In reality, olden days science was not as developed as it is now, and people did not have much knowledge about eclipse and its process. It is true looking an eclipse through naked eyes without any protection can harm the eye sight, people did not have any protection than. This problem has been spreading in different ways from one person to another finally leading to believe that it will affect the entire body. Today’s science has developed so much, that we all know that you should watch eclipse with protective glasses available for the same purpose.
7. Drinking water in between meals will spoil your digestive system
We often tell our children not to drink water in between their meals because it can create problems in their digestive system. This was believed because people sometimes keep drinking water in between and their concentration is elsewhere while eating, and later they force in their food, which in turn results in vomiting and over eating. But in truth the reason for this is not the problem with digestive system, instead over filling your stomach. Our stomach can take only a little food and water and that need to be balanced while eating. When you drink water in between while eating the stomach is filled with water and you all not be able to eat your food. Hence the reason it’s said not to drink water in between meals.
6. Taking a dip in river water for purity
It is a common practice not only in our country but world wide that taking a bath or dipping in flowing river is sign of purity and wipes out our sins. Seriously if one can wipe out all his mistakes, everyone of the world can do any number of crimes and dip in any river water, and there he will be fine and good again. But that’s not true. In ancient days a flowing river is believed to be pure is because, the dirt carries away, while it flows and there is always fresh water, so it can clean your body, but not the inner sense. Infact we might dirty the water by too many people wanting to bath in it. Purity is in your mind and not in the body, so sins cannot be washed by taking bath in flowing water or blessed water.
5. Growth of Hair and Nails after death
That sounds scary, isn’t it? Surely our movies and tele serials also have been showing us the same that the evil spirits which rise after death have long nails and hair hanging till legs. It’s a common believe among people in India that a dead body buried in a coffin, might not have life, but the hair and nails do grow. Sure like a Vampire having big nails with a long hair. In reality when a person dies, his body shrinks due to decay and all the skin and flesh compress making the body small. While the hair and nails remain small. Due to the shrinking of the other things, the nails and hair look bigger in size than the usual way it looked. People assumed that it has grown in size. So there is no growth of any body parts of human after death.
4. Pregnant woman should eat for two
Again this is another thing in India followed with many myths. Pregnancy is a process with many things followed and believed, some are true and some are not true, while some might not be true, but are been told for some safety purpose. Every woman is well aware or remembers very well, when she was pregnant, her grandmother or mother sitting beside her and telling her to eat more. So the food should be balanced for her as well as to the child inside her. In truth a pregnant woman needs only 300 calories extra to support the baby, while what she needs is more of proteins and vitamins. This can be taken in any form at any time in the day, by eating fruits, drinking juices, soups etc. Hence there is no need to eat more than your fill and later feel nauseous and trouble with stomach, causing distress to self.
3. Skipping meals to lose weight
Most of the time people think to loose weight they simply have to stop eating their meals, and stay hungry. While this is absolutely not true, studies have shown that people who eat a healthy breakfast and have regular meals are more less weight than the other who skip meals. This can be a reason because, when a person skips his meals, there is always a chance of fill up gases in the body, and this can cause gastritis problem as well. Sometimes people who skip meals, tend to feel more hungrier later on, and eat more than they eat normally later on, which can cause over eating. With all these reason the person will not loose weight rather can gain more, and will be unhealthy as well.
2. Eating in the night can make you fat
Eating in the night is also one of the common beliefs followed by most of us making us feel that it will gain weight. We have been repeatedly told not to eat late in the night as it can make us fat an can cause stomach problems as well, while the digestive system slows down in the end of the day. In reality, there is no proof that we tend to gain weight because of eating at night, but it is believed that it can cause distress to our digestive system, which can cause stomach pains and other stomach problems.
1. Fasting on auspicious or festival days believing the God gives more points
My mother gave me more points, when I did something good, and my teacher gave more points while I did the sums correctly, and the same practice grew with us since our childhood days to get points on good things. It is a common belief followed fasting on particular festivals, that if you skip your meal and stay hungry, god will forgive your sins and will bless you, so there gaining points or getting back the lost points. Whatever in reality it’s not true. But it is believed that fasting once in a while, which can give rest to your intestines and digestive system, which can be in constant run for digesting the intake of food. Lets the body clear up with all the wastes and purifies the blood. A fresh meal taken after a course of time can help you get healthier. Hence fast for yourself and not for God. God gives points for your good deeds.