posted on Jul, 4 2003 @ 08:16 PM
I wouldn't call myself superstitious...it'd call it being aware. Maddas made reference to Maori beliefs...but to me they are not superstition at
all...they are logical...its just that perhaps other cultures find it hard to understand the logic behind the belief...
They are ways of doing things...and often those ways are based on respect and acknowledgement of the link we the living have with those who have
passed...they have passed, they have not gone, they are still here with us.
Other beliefs/customs are respectful of the link we (both living and dead) have with nature...in a way those 'superstitions' operate as means of
ensuring conservation of natural reasources, or allow rejuvenation of those reasources by the imposing of what we call a 'Rahui' on the area...which
is where a food gathering site is placed under 'Tapu' (kind of like sacred/ness), and no one is to take food from that place...or even venture
there. This can be for the reasons of allowing that reasource to replenish, or maybe because something tragic happened there, like a death or
drowning, to the time of 'Rahui' on the area is to allow the 'Tapu' of the event (like death) to be removed and for the area to return to a
'Noa' (non-sacred) state again.
So many of the beliefs and customs I might operate with regard to might be seen as 'superstition', but really I think that is more due to lack of
understanding that what we do has reason. They are merely codes of behaviour, methods of action that both govern and guide.