Proceedings of The 4th International Academic Conference on Humanities and Social Sciences
Beliefs and Superstition during the Qajar Era
Believe is one of the components of any culture. Some of these beliefs are real, and based on proven and convincing foundations. But some of them are baseless and without reason; they have been accepted by people throughout history, which are called superstitions. Sometimes Anthropologists prefer to use social beliefs term to avoid value orientation. In other words, an action and understand a matter or relationship cannot be considered baseless and unreal simply because we are unable to explain it. The existence of superstitions among people all over the world, including Iran, is an undeniable fact. Some of them may be considered superstitious because science is not yet able to explain or prove them. Today, however, most of them seem unrealistic to the average knowledge of people. Some of these beliefs are rooted in myths. Some are derived from specific interpretations of religious principles and some have been quoted and accepted person to person without any research or doubt in their accuracy (Shahnoushi, 2009).
Keywords: superstitions, Qajar, public culture.