There are some customs being followed in Tamil Nadu.
They look strange, superstitious and totally irrational.
So are some problems in Life.
For instance, Children, especially below the age of Four,when they can not articulate things.
The child would be Healthy in all respects.
But it would refuse to eat food.
You may try anything to make the child eat, but it would still refuse.
You consult a Doctor.
He tells you that he child is alright and it would take food on its own.
Some go even further and tell you to feed the child if it cries and, any way as an organism the child would seek food when it needs it!
The problem is that as a parent or a Grandparent you just can not await the child to demand foo or let it cry incessantly.
There are some practices to rectify this problem and these worked for my children and work for my grand children.
When you attempt to feed the child, some food would remain.
Take this and place it on the road where a Dog can eat.
Do not feed the child in front of others or in Public.
If you have to feed in a Milk Bottle, keep the Milk Bottle covered, ready-made covers are available .
To prevent the child waking up in the middle of the night crying, keep a New Broomstick underneath your cot.
Some times you may find the children crying for no reason, despite being fit.
In these circumstances, take two red chilliness,little Crystal Salt in your right Palm close your palms, let the child face The East , keep your close Palm in the other , rotate clockwise , anti clock wise, up and down( each thrice) in front of the child’s Face and leave the chilies and Salt on the road.
There is also this practice of throwing this mixture in Coal Embers at Home or in the Flames of a kerosene stove instead of throwing the mixture on the road.
Normally this mixture dropped in Fire or Embers should make you choke.
Some time it would not.
That, my mother used to say, that evil eye has been cast and been removed.
Another practice is to have the person or the child spit on this mixture after rotating and throwing ti away,Brahmin households do not follow this.
As soon as the child completes its first birthday the practice among Brahmins in Tamil Nadu is to tie a small piece of Acorus calamusor Vasambu in the hip around the waist of the child in a Black thread(Araignyan)
This, it is believed to prevent diseases and ward off evil-eye.
Yet another practice is place Camphor in a small plate, light, show it in front the child facing East or North, rotate this clockwise , anticlockwise ,up and down in front of the Face thrice and keeping it in front of the house, closing the door after placing the Aarti plate out.
I do this for my Grand children every day.
There is also the practice of applying a black dot on the Cheek of the child.
I have seen Rationality does not work always with children but these do, especially when it concerns their Health