Superstitions are as old as man. The earliest men who had no scientific knowledge fell on easy prey to superstition. Thus, illiteracy and lack of knowledge and capacity to reason out are the hotbeds which generate and perpetuate superstition.
Mahatma Buddha was probably the first great man to expound and explain the value and significance of reason which eliminated superstition altogether. He emphasized that everything should be thoroughly studied, judged and tested before being believed. Later, many other great men like Guru Nanak and Kabir exhorted the people to shun superstitions.
Many people may believe that faith is also a form of superstition. But, as we can see if we think deeply, there is a difference. Faith is a positive factor whereas superstition is a negative factor.
Earlier, superstition was rampant in villages. The belief in ghosts was common. It was believed that these ghosts operated at night and that they were visible to some people and invisible to others. Taking advantage of this many clever men burned into tan tricks and controllers of ghosts. They cheated the gullible villagers. Unfortunately, even at present, such clever men are at work.
There are many kinds of superstitions which are observed by common people. The throbbing of eyes, a cat crossing our way, coming across a Brahmin-all these are believed to be inauspicious. The cawing of a crow indicated the possibility of a guest visiting our house that day. Similarly, if we come across a sweeper early in the morning, it is considered to be auspicious.
We should try to develop a scientific spirit of mind and judge everything on the basis of reason.
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Informative speech - Outline
Attention getter - Have you ever said "bless you" to a person who has just sneezed thinking that it will bring her/him good luck? Or have you ever crossed your fingers as a sign of hopefulness? If not, you may for sure know someone who already did. these sentenses are well spread and known buy almost everyone, but do you know their origins and hidden meanings?
Announce the topic - As you may have guessed, I will talk today about superstition, and more precisely about three of the most well known superstition facts, namely a black cat crossing your path, knocking on wood, and an itching palm; as well as the context in which they first came, and how it can change from a region to another.
Relevance of the topic - The topic of superstition is important because it is a phenomenon that can be witnessed all around the world. Many people believe in superstition facts and happenings regardless of their culture, their social sphere, and their education. And even those who don't believe in it find themselves affected by their surroundings' believes.
Credibility - I see in my daily life that people around me believe in superstition happenings and I happen to believe in some of them. What triggered my attention is that I use this type of sentences without knowing their origins and true meanings. So I decided to dig further and clear the ambiguities concerning this topic.
Preview - This presentation will discuss the three most spread superstition facts around the world:
When a black cat crosses your path, bad luck will fall on you.
To prevent form the devil eye one should knock three times on a piece of wood.
An itching palm is a sign of money that you will get in the coming days.
Let us explore them one by one and investigate their meanings.
When a black cat crosses your path bad luck will fall on you:
Origins: within the "shedding light on superstitions" article, I found out that in the egyptian mythology, the goddess Bast was a female black cat. When christianity was spreading all over the world and the need to get rid of other religions was crucial, the vatican associated black cats to demons and pushed the ignorants to believe that they were demons in disguise and companions to black magic and witches. therefore, they were considered as a barrier to the connection with God and acces to heaven.
Variants around the world: In england black cats are supposed to bring good fortune while in Ireland for example, if a black cat comes towards you it brings good luck but if it goes away from you then it will take all the good fortune with it.
Transition: Thus, we have seen that one single superstition fact can have a very deep and old meaning as well as many variants around the world. this goes as well for the coming fact, concerning knocking on wood, which will be the...
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