Posts Tagged ‘Superstitions

26
Jan
18

Of Djinns, Chudails and other such para(normal)phernalia!

“The dark dangerous forest is still there, my friends. Beyond the space of the astronauts and the astronomers, beyond the dark, tangled regions of Freudian and Jungian psychiatry, beyond the dubious psi-realms of Dr. Rhine, beyond the areas policed by the commissars and priests and motivations-research men, far, far beyond the mad, beat, half-hysterical laughter… the utterly unknown still is and the eerie and ghostly lurk, as much wrapped in mystery as ever.” – Fritz Leiber

In recent times, I attempted to pep-up my non-existent social life and decided to join a heritage walk. With a great sense of déjà vu, I experienced some unbelievably insufferable creatures at this event and, “bloody chudails” was what I felt like yelling out.

But being a fraidy-cat and not wanting to create a scene, I did not and quietly slinked away.

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The very next day I read in the newspaper that some people, in Bardawan district of Bengal, were selling a djinn trapped in a bottle and of course, there were customers!

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18
Oct
11

Jāggars

“Over the centuries we have transformed the ancient myths and folk tales and made them into the fabric of our lives. Consciously and unconsciously we weave the narratives of myth and folk tale into our daily existence.” – Jack Zipes

My previous post produced two official comments; an expected roar of silence from some; one empathizer from offspring; and, a surge of emails from others – with varying tones of advice, gripe, commiseration, vacuity, analysis of my psyche and fascinatingly oblique commentaries – the latter leaving me with one single bemused thought: I would be a darling of the shrink community and if I had the money, would keep at least a few occupied and financially secure for some years!

There was also a flurry of links to blogs with humorous posts. Taking the hint, I did make an attempt not to be darkly dismal and reverentially gawked at Humour for a long time waiting for it to tickle my Muse, but she of the whimsical kind and devoid of the lighter vein, ultimately skewered him with the acerbic end of a funny bone. Woe is me!

But thanks for the insights and here is a toast to all – cheers – which has joie de vivre associations.

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Was preparing for a journey and witlessly looking for something; found an old chewed-up diary.

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15
Nov
10

Mrs. Naja naja

The term ‘beasts’ belongs properly to lions, leopards and tigers, wolves and foxes, dogs and monkeys, and all others (except snakes)….’The Peterborough Bestiary’.

I wonder why? I mean, why not snakes? They can be fairly beastly.

I am not saying that I find them repulsive; it’s just that I am not particularly enchanted by the serpentis species. Incommodiously, they slink around with great stealth; you can’t hear nor smell them, and snakes….they have this hissterical effect on people!

Then, there are these incredible myths and legends and stories and superstitions attached to them, e.g., cobras mate with rat snakes; some snakes grow a beard as they get older; if a snake is killed its partner (invariably the female) will trace you – no matter wherever you are; snakes drink milk; snakes carry a diamond in/on their forehead; flying snakes can pierce somebody’s forehead or put out their eyes; there are “two- headed” snakes, and so forth!

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