Commonest Phobia!

Arachnophobia is the abnormal fear of spiders. The Greek word Arachne means a spider and phobia is any abnormal, irrational and inexplicable fear. This is the most commonly prevalent among all the phobias known to us.

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Persons suffering from Arachnophobia feel uneasy in any area which has a spider or even a web. The picture or photo of a spider affects them in the same way, as a real spider would do.

According to a Greek legend, Arachne was a famous weaver and a proud princess. She challenged Goddess Athena to a weaving contest to prove her skill. Angered by the pride of mere mortal, Athena destroyed Arachne’s Tapestry and loom with her shuttle. Arachne hung herself in despair and shame.

Athena took pity on the girl and transformed to a spider before she could die of hanging. The spider retained all her weaving skill and is weaving lovely, gauzy webs to this day!

The famous legend about King Robert Bruce of Scotland depicts the spider as a symbol of hope and perseverance. It seemed to say, “Try, try and try again till you win!”

The spider has held a special place in fables, ancient mythology and symbolism. The spider symbolizes patience due to its hunting techniques of setting up a web and waiting for it prey. It symbolizes mischief and malice for its poison cause slow death. Its venom itself symbolizes a curse.

Ron Weasley, Harry Potter’s bosom friend is depicted as an Arachnophobic. Rupert Grint, who plays the role, is himself an Arachnophobic. The fear and dislike he portrays in the presence of the spiders, is extremely impressive. What was the reason? …

His emotions were genuine and not just acted in front of a camera!

Visalakshi Ramani