From tying a garland of garlic to stringing up lime and chilly, different communities around the world suggest different ways to ward off ghosts. Please note that these are method suggested for keeping ghosts away. Ghosts can be harmless or evil. Yes, there are ways to ghosts and evil spirits away, at least that is what our old folk say. Here is a small list of ways for protection from ghosts and evil spirits as per Indian tradition. Let us see some of these techniques and try to see it from a rational point of view:
Garland of Garlic
The Romani people have always suggested using garlic to ward off evil spirits. This is a popular gypsy and many Hollywood films and American shows have portrayed it from time immemorial.
I wont comment about ghosts, but garlic is an antiseptic and can keep away germs. In fact, we use garlic and chilly paste as an organic pesticide/fungicide in my farm. So, are the so called evil actually germs??
Lemon & Chilly
This is the desi combo. We have seen this hanging on a string in front of shops and auto rickshaws in India, haven’t we? Well, this is a traditional custom to ward off evil in our country.
Chilly as I mentioned before is used in fungicides to keep off wilt and pest related diseases. Lime has many medicinal properties. So, by evil if our ancient people meant germs, diseases etc then, yes it works!
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I still remember the time when an Oja I met was using a crystal on the body of a boy who was ‘possessed’. I had asked him what it was and he told me it is phitkari or potassium alum. According to the Oja, the phitkari removed any spells or curse that was put on the person’s skin.
Well, wikipedia says this about alum- Alum is used in the treatment of canker sores in the mouth, as it has a significant drying effect to the area and reduces the irritation felt at the site.
Alum was the major adjuvant used to increase the efficacy of vaccines, and has been used since the 1920s. But it has been almost completely replaced by aluminium hydroxide and aluminium phosphate in commercial vaccines.– Wikipedia
Cow’s Urine (Goumutra)
Cow’s urine or Goumutra has been a subject of controversy in India. It is believed in the ayurveda that goumutra can cure many diseases and some of the tantric texts advise sprinkling 2–4 drops of cow’s first urine in the morning into a warm tub of water. They use this water to bathe before the sun rises. Even today houses in Indian villages sprinkle cow’s urine and dung around the perimeter of their houses to ward off negative forces. I do not know about ghosts, but it surely keeps mosquitoes away, which are definitely a source of evil!
Unfortunately, there is no evidence to support this claim. Like I mentioned before, whether cow’s urine is a medicine or not, is a matter of controversy in India. Ideally, the government should set up a panel of scientists and ayurvedic doctors to research this topic in depth and give unbiased inference to the world.
Protection from ghosts and evil spirits
So, how many of you actually believe in ghosts or evil spirits? It is all ultimately in the mind. As long as you do not believe in them, you will not need any kind of protection from ghosts and evil spirits. But the moment you believe in the paranormal… then you sure will need it. Beware!!!
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