old buildings in India, often small mirrors are seen, placed decoratively above doorways.
This is done to ward off evil spirits, as it is believed that when they see
themselves, the spirits will be frightened by their own appearance and flee.
The ancient custom is reminiscent of the use of
baguadoor mirrors in rural
For additional protection, most houses in India will
also place a statue of
over the entrance.
mirrors over doorways
The principle is also applied on the
saree, the traditional dress
of Indian women (fig.),
which is usually decorated with glittery flecks and
bands, in order to turn away evil and bad luck.