Wednesday, September 23, 2020


Beliefs and Superstitions

Beliefs about Re-Birth

Practitioners of astrology, disclosing the past-births of their clients  and predicting their destinies  in future  births, are popular among the lower strata  of Tamils. It is said that breaking a coconut before the images of deities  is a remnant or a substitute for human sacrifice  and the spilling  of arti  or reddish  water, consisting  of slaked lime and turmeric, performed at the commencement and conclusion of ceremonies  is substitute for blood-spilling to ward off evil-spirits.