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The Indian superstition scale: creating a measure to assess Indian superstitions

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Despite humans’ capacity for rational thought, they are not immune to superstitions. Superstitions are strongly tied to cultural practices, especially in India. Although 17% of the world’s population resides in India, Indian culture is understudied, and there have not been sufficient attempts to understand Indian superstitions in a scientific manner from a psychometric standpoint. By creating a proper superstition measurement for the Indian population, we can better understand how Indians think and behave. The goal of the present research is to create a superstition measure specific to Indian culture. The results reveal 18 items reflecting Indian superstitions that can be generalised across contemporary India.
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Keywords: belief; culture; superstition; well-being

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Ashoka University, Sonepat, India 2: University of Washington, Seattle, USA

Publication date: April 3, 2019

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