Beliefs and Superstitions
There are endless beliefs and superstitions governing
every aspect of life from birth to death and every single item
of daily life. Learned people disregarded some of these beliefs and superstitions
of the folk, but sometimes meet with obstacles and they find themselves
with problems to which there are only very difficult or as yet
unfound answers. They ultimately betray a medieval mind, impervious
to the winds of change blowing all over the world.
Beliefs Regarding Birth of Children
These are many and varied. A child should not be born at mid day or at
mid night. A child should not be born with Chitrai as
the birth star, because, Chitra guptan, the faithful servant of
Yama was born in this star.
Birth in swati star is said to be bad for any child.
A boy is extremely lucky to be born in Moola but woe unto a girl
born under this star. A person is considered fortunate
if he has a piece of agricultural land near his village and
a child born in Uttradam star. He who is born in Bharani will rule
the earth. A grand father may, prefer to death to hearing that his grand
son's star is Kettai. A father will become a beggar if a boy is
born in the Chitrai star. A birth in Rohini is inauspicious
for the child's uncle. A girl born in avittam will find gold even
in a pot of bran. Pooradam is an undesirable star for girls.
Daughter should be born in odd number in
the sequence of birth i.e. first, third, fifth children should be
girls. A fourth-born girl is said to ruin the house, but a fifth-born
girl will bring gold to the house. A fifth born boy will squander
away all the wealth. A six-born girl brings either prosperity or
poverty. A seventh-born girl will utter poverty to the family. She
cannot be successful even as a beggar. An eighth-born girl destroys
everything. She has a glimpse of Ettavathu penn ettipatha idam kuttichuvaru.
A tenth-born girl makes wealth fly away like cotton. In view
of these beliefs, contracting parties to a marriage make enquires about
the number of the birth of the groom or bride.
When twins are born, if both of them are boys, the family
is said to have turned a leaf for the better and there is very great
rejoicing. It is not inauspicious if both the children are
girls. A boy and a girl born together forebode evil to the