In religion and mythology
The insects are in fact named for their typical ‘prayer-like’ stance. The word ‘mantis derives from the Greek word mantis for prophet or fortune teller.
Among the Gonds of Vidarbha (Maharashtra), the vaid or medicine man keeps a praying mantis as a pet. he worships the insect and uses it for fortune telling. This is a very unusual practice and its origin and significance are unknown.