Superstition may be defined as an illogical or unreasonable belief, or acceptance of a certain phenomenon as it is without trying to know it’s cause. It also involves belief in omens, charms ,demons,witches,useless ceremonies and in the existence of supernatural beings.Superstitions mostly are the outcome of ignorance , outdated and unwarranted beliefs and backwardness. In this age of scientific reasoning ,logic and progress , superstitions still cloud the mind of a common man. Although western influence- to an extent has been successful in erasing out superstitious beliefs through the spread of education and public awareness ,yet superstitions have great hold on the all developing countries including the Orient.Somehow the Orient i.e., the East has always been equated to exotic settings , remote places and strange happenings. The forests of Africa were believed to have a hypnotizing and mesmerizing quality and it was suspected that people changed and got transformed in Africa. Even India, for long, was considered a land of snake – charmers , magicians ,witches and strange sights ,by the westerners.
Generally, women are found more susceptible to Superstitions, may be because it was the female sections of the society that remained uneducated and ignorant for years. Now, women are trying to break free from the unprogressive shackles of superstitions. The only effective weapon against the cobwebs of superstitions is education, awareness and development of scientific attitude as well as aptitude. Firstly, there is a need to educate women who are responsible for educating the entire family. Besides, nothing should be accepted without any scientific reasoning. Then only can we shake off the deep and age-old roots of superstitions which have now become a part of our tradition ,ritual, culture and religion. With advancement in science and technology, although we have been successful in evaluating superstitions to an extent, yet a little more effort is needed to completely remove these from our daily lives.