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Superstitions

Author : Diagram Group
ISBN : 1402755023
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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If you’re about to get on a plane, what should you do--and avoid doing--to assure a safe flight? What does it mean if you see an ambulance zoom by? And is a black cat always unlucky? Though we may say we don’t believe in superstitions, they have an unmistakable power...and to be on the safe side, most of us secretly knock wood, don’t walk under ladders, and avoid opening that umbrella indoors. Broken up into categories such as animals, astrology, dreams, and flowers, this fascinating dictionary will alert you to thousands of beliefs, omens, and proverbs that you may never have known. Here’s just a few: * A dog hiding under a table means a storm is brewing. * To see an image of your future spouse, eat a whole salted herring in three mouthfuls, go to bed without a drink, and say nothing. * Scatter ashes over the roof of a house to protect it against lightning. * Bringing an axe into the home presages death. * When the aurora borealis--the colored lights that flash in the northern sky--appear, spirits are cavorting in heaven and a war is imminent. * Eating peanuts before an auto race brings bad luck. Among the many other subjects: clothing, days of the year, food, gemstones, herbs, hobbies,illness and medicine, marriage numbers, plants and trees, professions, and the weather.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Superstitions

Author : William Carroll
ISBN : 0910390568
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Superstitions

Author : Peter Lorie
ISBN : 0671781839
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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A collection of charms, cures, taboos, and other omens delves into the origins of popular superstitions, describing why opening an umbrella in the house, walking under a ladder, and breaking a mirror is bad luck. 30,000 first printing.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Little Giant Encyclopedia Of Superstitions

Author : Diagram Group
ISBN : 080696913X
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Broken up into categories such as Animals, Astrology, Dreams, and Flowers, this fascinating dictionary will alert you to thousands of beliefs, omens, and proverbs that you may never have known. Many other subjects range from Clothing to Food to Marriage numbers.
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Superstitions

Author : Deborah Murrell
ISBN : PSU:000065278925
Genre : Reference
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Collects more than one thousand popular superstitions, identifying their historical, cultural, and religious sources.
Category: Reference

The Encyclopedia Of Superstitions

Author : Richard Webster
ISBN : 9780738725611
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Have you ever rubbed a frog on your freckles? Trivia fans and fun fact fanatics will adore this fascinating, flickable encyclopedia of superstitions! Richard Webster presents over five hundred of the most obscure, curious, and just-plain-freaky superstitions of the Western world. Discover batty beliefs about baldness, beans, and the Bermuda Triangle, and peculiar practices regarding hiccups, hearses, and hunchbacks. From modern myths to centuries-old lore, The Encyclopedia of Superstitions offers a wealth of wonderfully weird beliefs on just about every topic you can imagine: Holidays Birth Death Weddings Colors Gemstones Trees Flowers Fairies Weather Numbers Animals Birds Insects Household Items Zodiac Signs Gambling The Human Body Food Praise: "[T]his reference makes for compulsive browsing."—Publishers Weekly
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Ozark Tales And Superstitions

Author : Phillip W. Steele
ISBN : 1455610062
Genre : Folklore
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Presents a collection of twenty-five tales from the Ozark Mountains region handed down through oral tradition
Category: Folklore

Amulets And Superstitions

Author : E. A. Wallis Budge
ISBN : 9780486144917
Genre : History
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Comprehensive discourse on origin, powers of amulets in many ancient cultures. Covers cross, swastika, crucifix, seals, rings, stones, etc.
Category: History

Western Scottish Folklore Superstitions

Author : James Napier
ISBN : 9781590210543
Genre : Social Science
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Discover the old folklore of Western Scotland. Even at the turn of the 19th century, Scots kept alive a rich trove of superstitions and beliefs, from cradle to grave. In the pages of this classic volume of lore, readers can discover a wealth of crafted charms, folk-medicine, fortune-telling, second sight as well as the eerie threats of witchcraft that worried local men and women around Glasgow.
Category: Social Science

Treatise On The Heathen Superstitions That Today Live Among The Indians Native To This New Spain 1629

Author : Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón
ISBN : 0806120312
Genre : Social Science
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The Treatise of Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón is one of the most important surviving documents of early colonial Mexico. It was written in 1629 as an aid to Roman Catholic churchmen in their efforts to root out the vestiges of pre-Columbian Aztec religious beliefs and practices. For the student of Aztec religion and culture is a valuable source of information. Hernando Ruiz de Alarcón was born in Taxco, Guerrero, Mexico, in the latter part of the sixteenth century. He attended the University of Mexico and later took holy orders. Sometime after he was assigned to the parish of Atenango, he began writing the Treatise for his fellow priests and church superiors to use as a guide in suppressing native "heresy." With great care and attention to detail Ruiz de Alarcón collected and recorded Aztec religious practices and incantations that had survived a century of Spanish domination (sometimes in his zeal extracting information from his informants through force and guile). He wrote down the incantations in Nahuatl and translated them into Spanish for his readers. He recorded rites for such everyday activities as woodcutting, traveling, hunting, fishing, farming, harvesting, fortune telling, lovemaking, and the curing of many diseases, from toothache to scorpion stings. Although Ruiz de Alarcón was scornful of native medical practices, we know now that in many aspects of medicine the Aztec curers were far ahead of their European counterparts.
Category: Social Science

Encyclop Dia Of Superstitions Folklore And The Occult Sciences Of The World

Author : Cora Linn Daniels
ISBN : 1410209156
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Originally published in 1903, this is an excellent source for an historical perspective on superstitions and folklore. Hundreds of entries are arranged alphabetically within broad subject categories. The original subtitle reads: "A comprehensive library of human belief and practice in the mysteries of life through more than six thousand years of experience and progress including the fundamental intuitions and instincts underlying the structure of civilization, theology, mythology, demonology, magic, witchcraft, esoteric philosophy, signs, omens, oracles, sorceries, auguries, divinations, prophecies, methods and means employed in revealing fortune and fate, systems and formulas for the use of psychical forces, hypnotism, clairvoyance, telepathy, spiritualism, character reading and character building with all the known powers and wonders of mind and soul, illustrated with numerous ancient and modern designs and thoroughly indexed."
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Superstitions

Author : Max Cryer
ISBN : 9781775592853
Genre : Reference
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Some people casually say ‘touch wood’ when they speak of something they hope will happen. Others won’t allow peacock feathers into the house. And almost anyone who finds a four-leafed clover will treasure it and keep it. Why? Some superstitions are so ancient and have been practised for so long that they have come to be regarded as just harmless and widely observed ‘customs’, without people realising they are basically superstitions. For instance, many people wouldn’t bother tossing spilled salt over their left shoulder or avoid walking under a ladder. But they happily continue to wear a wedding ring and blow out candles on a birthday cake. They don’t know why — ‘it’s just a custom’. But both are actually superstitions. In a book full of surprises and revelations, Max Cryer explains the origins of many of the things we commonly say and observe and why we continue to include them in our lives: kissing under the mistletoe, the unlucky number thirteen, the significance of the bridal bouquet, saying ‘bless you’ after sneezing, the hanging of a horseshoe, ‘the Scottish play’, the danger in opals, the Leap Year proposal … so many aspects of our lives are coloured by superstition. Now you can discover the reasons for them in a book that is both witty and informative. Superstitions will provide many ‘Eureka’ moments and settle many family disputes.
Category: Reference

Superstitions

Author : Francis Grose
ISBN : 1851242864
Genre : History
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Superstitions are surprisingly enduring. Even in an age of relentless scientific advances, it is remarkable how many survive intact. From crossing one's fingers to an aversion for meetings on Friday the 13th, we are all a little superstitious.This book reproduces one of the earliest collections of superstitions, compiled by the antiquary Francis Grose, whose intention was to give a systematic overview of the superstitious beliefs of his day and those that had been held by previous generations in Britain.Responding to the growing interest in British history and driven by a desire to make it more easily accessible to ordinary readers, Grose toured the country for many years, making sketches and collecting lexicographical data. Drawing on decades of fieldwork, he published in 1787 a disparate collection entitled A Provincial Glossary, with a Collection of Local Proverbs, and Popular Superstitions. In his introduction to the collection of superstitions he wrote: I shall arrange my subject under the following heads: Ghosts-- Witches, Sorcerers, and Witchcraft--Fairies --Corps, Candles, &c.--Second Sight--Omens --Things lucky and unlucky--Spells, Charms, and other fanciful devices...--Superstitious Methods of obtaining a Knowledge of Future Events-- Sympathy--and Miscellaneous Superstitions.Grose's Popular Superstitions are reproduced here under their original headings, with an introduction by John Simpson, setting the superstitions in their wider context and drawing attention to their historical, cultural, and lexicographical significance. The resulting collection is a delightfully quirky guide to traditional sayings and beliefs, some archaic and surprising, some still in use and recognizable today.
Category: History