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The voices of ghosts are so
They whisper to me every day.
You, so young and rich,
Make assumptions with absolute assurance.
I vacillate between superstition and tradition.
You don’t need to question.
Tradition is the oral delivery of rites and customs from generation to
generation. Superstition is belief inconsistent with what society
generally considers true and rational. When tradition and superstition
become bound together, it is a sign of trouble. For example, a woman
was once taught not to wash her hair on anybody’s birthday. Whenever
she protested this, the answer was “Don’t question!” Years later, she
learned that in the old country, letting one’s hair down was a sign of
mourning and thus inauspicious on a birthday. What was etiquette in one
generation became superstition in another.
Those raised with traditions and superstitions are often torn between the
extremes of biculturalism. Their inbred beliefs conflict with current
knowledge and quickly changing culture, creating doubts and uncertainty.
There has to be informed revision to all tradition if it is not to
degenerate into superstition. The true substance of any tradition will
take new form without compromising its inherent character. If not, it
will just become the outmoded beliefs of old people, and it will fade
into ghostly whispers.
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