Misconceptions aid Covid spread in rural Himachal Pradesh | Chandigarh News – Times of India

MANALI: In a piquant situation witnessed in many rural areas of Himachal Pradesh, some religious and social misconceptions are keeping a large number of people from wearing face masks or adhering to Covid appropriate behaviour, which is leading to a spike in caseload.
The life of people in Himachal is majorly influenced by local deities who hold sway over their social, cultural, personal and professional lives. In Kullu district, each village has a temple and people generally seek permission of the deities through the oracle before taking any important decision. People believe the deities are their protectors and will save them from all adversities, even the Covid-19 pandemic.
“Our deity told us last year that coronavirus will come and go, but it will not harm its followers and devotees. Deity also asked us not to use face mask. Look at me. I do not cover my face, still Covid could not touch me,” a follower of a prominent deity, Ravi Thakur said.
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