The Encyclopedia of Superstitions

The Encyclopedia of Superstitions

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"For the expert investigation of the human will to believe, we recommend The Encyclopedia of Superstitions."--The New York Times

Do you avoid walking under a ladder, or touch wood to ward off misfortune? It may not be logical, but underlying these irrational beliefs are centuries of long-forgotten ways of thought--and many affect us still. This classic and thoroughly delightful reference explores the origins of hundreds of superstitions, and many of the entries read like short stories in themselves. Here are the charms once in daily use in dairy and kitchen; spells used by witches--and against them; fairy lore and legend; folk remedies and customs of birth, marriage, and death. You'll discover why it's unlucky in some countries for a person to reveal his age; why ships have long been fitted with figureheads; why lettuce was believed to possess magical properties; and why a child born after its father's death was said to have healing powers. This is truly a collection to muse over...but expect an occasional chill down the spine.

Publisher: New York : MetroBooks, 2002
Edition: Revised and enlarged edition
Copyright Date: ©1961
ISBN: 9781586636173
Branch Call Number: 001.96 Radford 2002
Characteristics: 384 pages ; 24 cm


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