Monday, February 16, 2009

Eye twitching & Myths

For the last 4 days, my left-eye is twitiching. It has been almost 3 years it happened. Well I did experience some bad-luck the last time it happened, but when was good luck on my side anyways :P ? But I went of searching on the net about superstition & eye twitching & as usual google came up with millions of links. Why is google so good in searching ?
Millions of people suffer from eye twitching – in some it may be intermittent, brought on by a sudden increase of stress or sleeplessness. In others, it’s more pronounced and can interfere with day to day life. Regardless of which category a person falls into, there’s a goldmine of superstitions that revolve around eye twitching. In fact eye twitching ranks up there with itchy palms and hiccups as the most superstition prone condition! Each culture seems to have its own take on the deeper significance of eye twitching.
In China for instance, where superstitions and myths frequently cross over into modern living, the chief superstition seems to be that a twitch in the right eye signifies good luck, maybe a major windfall. A twitch in the left eye? Not so good. It’s a bad omen; a sign of ill luck headed your way! The entire situation seems to turn around in the case of females; for them, a twitching left eye signifies good luck while a twitching right one is a strict no no!
There is even a superstition based on an anatomical break down of the eye. A twitch in the lower left eyelid means you can expect to cry soon while a corresponding one in the right eyelid means good fortune is headed your way. There’s yet another one that claims a twitching eyelid means someone is gossiping about you.
In any case, all these mental calisthenics figuring out whether an eye twitch means you’re going to win the lottery or have the sky fall on your head, will probably give you enough stress to trigger off a whole new series of twitches!
Next to the Chinese, we the Indians are the Olympic champions when it comes to superstitions. The commonly believed one here is just the opposite of the Chinese version. Here a twitching left eye is definitely a good omen, while a twitching right one is considered inauspicious. At times it is more gender biased too, like left is bad for men & good for women & vice versa. Hoosh!!!
The Nigerians go with the Chinese version. Left eye – bad. Right eye – Good.
Another superstition is a little more frightening than the above. It’s not clear where this one comes from, but according to it a twitching left eye means there’s soon going to be a death in the family. A twitching right one on the other hand means an impending birth.
To the Hawaiians, an eye twitch can either mean the arrival of a stranger, or that you’re soon going to mourn for someone.
In Cameroon and some other parts of Africa, a twitching lower eyelid means you will soon shed tears. As far as superstitions go, this one is quite scientific. Tears normally flow from the corner of the lower eyelid. Still on Africa, when the upper eyelid twitches, it’s a sure sign you’re going to meet someone you didn’t expect to see. This one’s also connected to anatomical science, it seems. Surprise and amazement are normally expressed in humans by the raising of the upper eyelids.
Next time, your eye twitches in its usual maddening fashion, keep your fingers crossed because something good just might be coming your way! (Be optimistic, people!) OR check this link for solutions

13 comments:

Ty said...

Left eye twitch = Good Luck
Right Eye twitch = Bad Luck
...get it right...

vijaydalal.in said...

mr. tumhare fundae hile hue h
ur research is somtimes in line sometimes excatly REVERSE
i all the post is meaningless n not useful

refer some good reference site like buzzle.com

Anonymous said...

"we the Indians are the Olympic champions when it comes to superstitions"
you are reallly right.hahahaha

Anonymous said...

I went for a very critical interview 2 days back. I had been waiting for it for a long time. but unfortunately my left eye kept twitching all through the interview discussions. I hope it is a good sign only...I can confirm after I hear the results next week...I desperately need this job ! God I hope left eye twitching is good...

B. SUNDER said...

Well.. You if you have done well.. nothing can stop you from getting the job. And even then you don't get it, just go for another rather than finding absurd causes such as eye-twitching.

I feel, We can worry only about things which are in our control!

B. SUNDER said...

@Viday Dalal:
I did not understand your animosity. Did I hurt you in person? It is a Blog! You wanna substance that you are looking for, try a Book store such as Crossword or join a Library.

This posting of mine, posted a year ago, was all about silly superstitions spanning from India to all over the world. None of them were mine. I was just sharing with people.

What "fundae" hile huay hai?

Anonymous said...

it is quite true. AS A WOMEN right eye is bad if it twitches. For sometime my right eye had been twitching and the day it ended twitching was the day i had a fight with my boyfriend. To some extent these superstitions are real. other than that it depends if you actually believe it or not. :)

Anonymous said...

WOMEN's right eye is bad if it twitches and i experienced it many times.. From 2 months my right eye is twitching and from past 2 months i m in huge problem and stress.. well i m totally finished...

Star Similien said...

I am hoping it's a stress factor or the fact that I haven't really been sleeping that well..
They say you create your own situations and regardless if that is bad or good twitches of the eye. Or maybe it's the fact that your intuition might be onto something so create the situation!

Anonymous said...

it’s a sure sign you’re going to meet someone you didn’t expect to see.
This happened to me. I met one of my class met after long days that was not planned.

Anonymous said...

I loved your blog post. My right eye had been twitching for last two days, so I was searching for remedies when I chanced upon your blog. All these superstitions surrounding eye twitching do come to mind when the problem persists for couple of days. But after going through your blog, I am glas I feel little relieved of my own superstitions. It's all in the mind, isnt it? Thank you. :)

Anonymous said...

i agree wid u.... left bad for men n right bad for women... commenting from personal expernc.....

Anonymous said...


Is it normal to have bruising after double eyelid surgery ??? It's been 5 days and the bruising just started showing up in the last 3 days and it looks like i got into a fight or something.

It doesn't hurt at all but it looks weird and like bruising you get when you bump into something. It's mainly under my eyes.

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