In the context of Corona, traditional Indian practice is an amazing science-based practice.
Several decades back, when vaccines or antibiotics were not invented, the cause of death was most often the infection. It can be a bacteria or a virus. To prevent that, the traditional practice that has come since then was an amazing science-based practice in India. 1. Dead bodies were burned along with the clothing, blanket, pillow and all others used by the person to reduce the chance of bacterial infection. 2. In this time the practice was to keep the family in the house separate. This was the tradition to eat foods that do not need to go to the market like fruits, rice, ginger, ghee, card( the products prepared from cow milk) etc. 3. It was the rituals or tradition to Cook in Malsa (a pot made by clay), eating in ‘kalapata'(Leaf of Banana Tree) for keeping distance from the market and pond or water source. 4. At that time it was not allowed to cut the hair. It was the practice to keep all these people away from the barbershop so that it does not spread germs from the razor or scissors in the shop as because there was no safety razor then. 5. People used to come home and eat. Do not go to the market. Those who used to come back home were bathed in a good bath and then allowed to enter the house. It is also a tactic to keep away from infection. 6. In these time there was a practice of wearing a uniform dress code so that, if a stranger sees and understands the situation and keeps a distance. If one want to touch them, then one have to bath again before entering the house. 7. The extent of this ritual was normally 13 days because the bacteria, virus or germs normally disappear within the span of 13 days (You may call it today as quarantine of the family for two weeks). For this reason, in the case of accidental death the duration of these rituals was 3 days, because the cause of accidental death is not due to germ. Now it is our time for Global Inauguration of Social Distancing! In this age of globalization, everyone is relative to each other. It is as if someone dies in Italy or anywhere in this world, then it should maintain the Indian tradition which is now calling as Social Distancing to safe guard all other people in the rest of the Universe. In these difficult times, those who are willingly assembling are enemies of the entire world, not just our country.
Fore father’s traditional practice (Indian) – 1) Toilets and bathrooms were built in the courtyard outside the house. 2) Why do you have to enter the house after bathing, or after returning the body after a dead body, without touching any person or object? Why was the rule of touching the fire after bathing? 3) Why slippers or shoes were kept outside, why outer shoes were not allowed to enter the house. 4) Why was the rule of entering the house after washing the hands and feet with water kept in the bucket when coming from outside? 5) Why the family did not go to any social event for ten or thirteen days after birth or death. 6) Why was it permissible to leave the clothes of the deceased person and crematorium in the crematorium? 7) Why bathing was necessary before cooking. 8) Why death in a house was forbidden to prepare food? 9) Why bathing in the morning was the rule of playing incense, camphor, hour, and conch. 10) Why after bathing there was a prohibition on contact with an unclean person or an object. We have long respected the rules made by our ancestors, and have been following western traditions. Today, the Coronavirus reminds us of that reform. Knowledge and tradition are rich forever.
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