Customs: The Human Metamorphosis

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Journal Title: Law & Political Review
Author(s): V. Dharani Krishna
Published On: 19/04/2023
Volume: 8
First Page: 83
Last Page: 89
ISSN: 2581-7191
Publisher: The Law Brigade Publisher

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V. Dharani Krishna, Customs: The Human Metamorphosis, Volume 8, Law & Political Review, 83-89, Published on 19/04/2023, Available at


This paper primarily is attempting to enhance the understanding of how a custom begins, and the journey of that custom until it becomes useless. This paper is to understand how to determine if a custom is relevant in the modern times, and to know if it has not become toxic adherence to some law which no one knows how it started.

Most of us listen to our grandmothers say not to leave the house for some time after sneezing, or not to leave the house when a black cat crosses our path, these are often regarded as superstitions, but they do had a reasoning, like in ancient India, after preparing butter and curd, mothers often used to forget tying them in a certain height so that no cats or kids could steal the butter, so whenever a cat crossed the path while leaving the house it was wise to check if the butter and curd were tied above in a height. After knowing the reason, now we know that this custom has no relevance in contemporary world where large amounts of curd is not prepared in majority of households, and even if a small proportion of curd is made it is stored in the refrigerator this could be how this custom originated.

Keywords: Customs, Origin, Relevance, Source of Law, Metamorphosis

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