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Hinduism - How Prevalent Is Witchcraft In Contemporary Hindu Society?

 


Many sectors of contemporary Hindu society, including many "modern" urban Hindus, recognize the reality of witchcraft.

Malevolence, jealousy, and greed are the driving elements of witchcraft, and some individuals use them to hurt others or destroy what they have.

Witches may use spells, the evil eye (nazar), or pronounce curses on people to accomplish their goals.

Pregnant women and small children are supposed to be more vulnerable to their abilities, and these individuals are also thought to be more prone to be cursed, since jealousy over their good fortune is said to arouse a witch's rage.

The suitable countermeasure is to execute numerous rituals of protection, which will shield the individual from harm.

Witchcraft may manifest as an exceptionally prolonged disease or weird behavior in those who are affected; harsher cures are required for these folks.

The language of possession and exorcism may be regarded as a "idiom" (using traditional Indian cultural categories) for what contemporary psychiatrists could term the diagnosis and treatment of mental illness, as Sudhir Kakar skillfully demonstrates.

Sudhir Kakar, Shamans, Mystics, and Doctors, 1991; and David F. Pocock, "The Evil Eye," in T. N. Madan (ed. ), Religion in India, 1991, for further details.


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Hinduism - What Are Rites of Protection?

 


The world is a ritually deadly place for many Hindus.

Certain times of the day, days of the week, and seasons of the year are considered unlucky.

The entire tone of the universe is nasty at certain times, and the unwary or uneducated might suffer a variety of misfortunes.

To combat these threats, as well as the issues of one's previous karma, which may be detected via an unlucky conjunction in one's birth horoscope, rites of protection are utilized (natal horoscope).

Some inauspicious periods are exclusively unlucky for specific activity.

By abstaining from these activities, potential disaster may be prevented.

However, some occurrences that are unavoidable, such as eclipses, are seen to be unlucky.

In such instances, one might avoid the negative consequences of inauspiciousness by transferring it to another person, generally via the conduit of presents (dana); distributing gifts is also the favored method for removing inauspiciousness caused by a poor conjunction in one's horoscope at birth.

People can defend themselves by engaging in positive protective factors such as prayer and worship.

Human envy, greed, and anger may also generate negative powers, which can be channeled via black magic, the evil eye (nazar), or other forms of witchcraft.

Finally, some Hindus believe that a variety of nonhuman creatures, including as spirits, ghosts, and witches, attempt to harm humans via the use of supernatural abilities.

Despite the potency and popularity of all of these negative forces, there are techniques to fight them if one is aware and cautious of them.

There are well-established solutions for issues caused by human malice.

One is to avoid those who are seen to be unlucky, such as widows.

Another technique is to avoid provoking envy by never bragging about one's good fortune, excessively complimenting a kid, or freely parading one's money.

In many circumstances, individuals may use different protective ceremonies to counteract potentially vulnerable periods in their lives.

Talismans or amulets, which are thought to protect the wearer, are still worn by many people.

Carrying iron is another traditional protection strategy, since it is said to make the person carrying it impenetrable to witchcraft.

A black smear of lamp-black is sometimes applied to the faces of young infants to symbolically disfigure them and remove the source of envy.

Another defensive approach is to place an item (such as a clay pot with a painted face) on the wall that will absorb any negative emotions before being removed.



Lawrence Babb's The Divine Hierarchy was published in 1975, Gloria Goodwin Raheja's The Poison in the Gift was published in 1988, and David F.

Pocock's "The Evil Eye" was published in T. N. Madan's Religion in India in 1991.


Also see samskara.


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