A myth is a widely held but wrong belief. I remember a humorous thing that happened in my life when I was small. My grandmother was sitting at the table and from there she could see milk boiling. Actually, the milk was over boiled and everyone was unaware of this. When she saw this, my grandmother shouted loudly, and then she told my mother that something bad was going to happen. My mother made her relax and told her nothing bad was going to happen. I went to my mother and asked her if what Granny said was true. So she told me, no, it was just some people’s belief that bad things would happen if milk over boiled.
Frankly, I was brought up in a family where my grandmother and grandfather believe in myths and scare all of us.
Everyone knows these myths do not have any scientific reasons behind them but people love to follow them. I wonder what they get by doing so. The main reason behind following myths is illiteracy. This is not a big problem in just one corner of world but in almost all countries.
People on one hand bemoan about the development of my country and on the other, by following myths, give rise to false and useless things. Myths are huge obstacles in the development of a nation. If they are illiterate, people do what they should not do. Even if a person is well educated, he or she is forced to follow myths by his or her elders. In India, about half of us believe in myths. We Indians have a never ending list of myths, most of which have been scientifically proven wrong.
Come back next week for Part II of Yashashree’s Global Beat!