Superstitions common in Bangladeshi society range from simply the ridiculous to harmless to actually harmful.
from jealous people.
Such superstitions are so widespread that a project was launched to fight against the harmful beliefs about pregnancy. The Bangladesh chapter of international charity, Caritas introduced the Save Motherhood Project (SMP) project in 1999 under its Community Health and Natural Family Planning Project. “Before Caritas, no one told us that we need to take nutritious foods during pregnancy and after the birth of the baby,” said Suma Begum, 30, a Muslim housewife. “Elderly women told us not to eat more otherwise the baby would cause problems during birth. Now Caritas has advised us to take foods that produce enough milk for the baby,” Begum explained.
Ghosts and haunted places are a part of Bangladeshi beliefs, literature and films. Rabindranath Tagore wrote about ghosts in his short stories
which are considered classics of the genre. Places believed
By Iqra Asad to be haunted are avoided by people. There are a variety of ghosts with different names, each believed to be the remains of a certain type of person. For example, a is the ghost of a married woman who wears bangles made of shell ( which are traditionally worn by married women). According to the Wikipedia, ghosts are often found in desolate stretches of road or fields around villages, at crematoriums and graveyards, on Ashhyanth, Sheora or other similar trees and also in deserted and haunted houses. A curious aspect of female ghosts is that their feet are said to be backwards. Ghosts in folk tales are almost always malicious.
The superstitions range from harmless to actually harmful. In some cases, education and urbanization have helped in reducing the impact of superstitious beliefs. In other cases, some perceptions are so deeply rooted that they persist in spite of the winds of change. Some superstitions, such as the presence of ghosts, take root from the fear of the unknown and are spread worldwide. Others are merely the mark of the imaginative mind on the fabric of the collective cultural mindset of society. Someone might cut their nails at night, then eat an egg in the morning and actually fail their school test. If I were a Bangladeshi student I’d slip an egg into my breakfast and blame it later. It would be convenient, eh?
Jokes aside, most of the lighthearted superstitions are joke material. However, we must not forget about the women being repressed and kept shut behind doors just because they experience something natural or unavoidable such as the death of a spouse. In this regard, the spread of awareness must be done, as is being done in the case of pregnancy myths by Caritas Bangladesh.