From Belief to the Basics of Disasters

  • Rajendra Kumar Bhandari


The chapter wades through some of the spectacular legends, superstitions, myths, and beliefs that once shrouded natural hazards such as earthquakes, volcanoes, drought, lightening, thunderstorms, and snow avalanches. In the long corridor of time in human history, some of the finest brains in the world split to align themselves either with the magical power of beliefs or with the ever growing myth-demolishing-logic of science. Although we have left scores of myths and beliefs behind, our journey is far from over and many more questions seem to get added as we move forward. It is increasingly being realized that “a scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it” (Max Planck).


Natural Hazard Continental Drift Snow Avalanche Magical Power Indian Standard Time 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Indian National Academy of EngineeringNew DelhiIndia

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