This accounts for the reason for the persistence of superstition. With the advancement of times, there has been expansion of knowledge and science has served to provide for explanations that were not previously known. Despite of this, superstition is still present in the society. Superstitious beliefs are influenced by people who are close to us which include family members and friends. These beliefs are also influenced by the cultural norms.
My mother is a believer of a superstition that is known as missing teeth dream. She believes that when a person dreams about loose, rotten, or missing teeth, it indicates that a family member or a close friend is very sick or even near death. Her belief was further strengthened when five years ago she dreamt of falling teeth. One of her relatives died due to a rare disease just a few weeks after her dream. She also narrates an incident when her friend had a similar dream of missing teeth which was followed by the death of her niece from malaria. This belief was passed on to my mother from my grandmother and it was further strengthened by her neighbour who also upheld this superstitious belief. This superstition was very famous in my local culture. One of my very close friends also believed in this superstition. She told me that she had a missing teeth dream which was soon followed by the death of her uncle due to a heart attack. I am sure that if she sees a similar dream again, she would be very worried and would call her closed ones to ensure that they are safe and in good health. I had a similar dream too and it made me worried as well. But I tried to ignore it and no untoward happening occurred following my dream.
The superstition about the missing teeth dream has been found in many cultures which include the Egyptian and the Greek culture. It is also believed upon in many Asian countries. My friend who resides in Malaysia held a similar belief about