Published By: Elisa Ghosh

Debunking Some Popular History Myths

Miseducation creates myths, and education helps you debunk them.

If you wish to spot or rectify a myth, you need to have knowledge about the same. Without knowledge, myths get to be spread through word of mouth. At some point or the other, we try to find out the fact behind any modern myth. Luckily, we have saved you time, as we bring to you a series of myths debunked.

Jesus was born on the 25th of December

We celebrate Christmas knowing it is Jesus’ birthday. But there is no record that can suggest if Jesus actually was born on that day. It is believed that easter was a holiday, and similarly, a holiday was needed for Jesus’s birthday celebration. St. Nicholas thus started distributing gifts on December 25th to celebrate a holiday. However, it is believed that Jesus was born somewhere between spring and fall.

Albert Einstein was bad at maths

People somehow had the notion that Albert Einstein was lousy at Mathematics. Not just that, people say he even flunked the entrance exam at the Zurich Polytechnic Institute when he was 16. Well, you need to know although he flunked the exam, he passed maths and was not at all bad. But he definitely failed in certain other subjects like biology and language.

Julius Caesar was a Caesarian baby

Do you also think the name Caesarian baby came from Julius Caesar? The answer is NO. To your surprise, Caesar was a naturally born child, and the name C-section was mainly inherited from Lex Caesarea (Law of Caesar). As per the law, a child needs to be cut from the womb of its mother who died during childbirth. Moreover, the people of the ancient world had few precedents for C-section births, although it is not known if the process had any statistically crucial survival rate for the child’s mother. 

Shah Jahan cut off the hands of his workers

I know, all of us have heard this famous myth, that Shah Jahan cut off the fingers of his workers after they have completed building the Taj Mahal. But, but, let us not come to this conclusion without getting any proper record of it, as there literally is no evidence that can prove this myth to be true, except for word-of-mouth tales. Why are we saying so? That’s because, after the Taj Mahal, many monuments were built under Shah Jahan’s rule. So just think, why would workers keep on performing such monuments of art, knowing that their hands will get cut off?

So again, I am saying, rethink myths and debunk them instead of claiming them true!