Superstitions speech Essay
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I’m doing my speech on superstitions. Wulp wish me luck, break a leg, knock on wood.
Superstitions, what are they and where did they come from? Are they true are they false or is there some sort of reasoning behind them? Or are they simply just a whole lot of mumbo jumbo. I mean ….. awww man (meeoow) there goes a black cat man talk about bad luck it just took off with any luck that I had, (gosh darn – click fingers well lets see if its true…Mrs Maslen whadda ya reckon am I gonna get an A for this or what? C’mon c’mon you can tell me. Damn you cat (shake fist meeooow). Where did that superstition come from? For heavens sake how pathetic is it! Anyways for most people these are simply old wives tales and silly misconstrued stories,…show more content…
When you look at them most superstitions and taboos have to do with some kind of luck be it good or bad. No one is 100% certain why this is but is believed to have been started centuries ago. Peoples knowledge of things around them was limited so when people were having bad luck and something good happened to them, they decided that it must have something to do with superstition a taboo so it became a superstition. And the other way round they had good luck something bad happened it was a superstition. The origins of just about every superstition has been lost in time never to be found because people never wrote them down they just passed them down from generation to generation. So the origins of them will probably be lost for ever.
The Webster dictionary states superstition as:
1. An ignorant or irrational belief, often provoked by fear, and is based on an assumption of cause and effect, contrary to known scientific facts and principles.
2. Any practice inspired by such beliefs.
3. An unreasonable belief or impression.
I ask you now, what will bring us luck? A horseshoe, throwing salt over your left shoulder, who knows? And what about bad luck, Friday the 13th, a black cat, (meow) shuddup, aww man where was I?, walking under a
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.