superstitions and why we have them

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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.

Superstition Diversity

Author : Andrew Nyakupfuka
ISBN : 9781452559995
Genre : Body, Mind & Spirit
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Superstition, myths, and legends are part and parcel of each and every culture. Professionals and the general public pay attention to some cultural issues they do not fully comprehend. Superstition, myths and legends agents are similar the world over though they have different meanings. Dreams, certain animals, weather conditions and the zodiac are couriers of superstition, myths, and legends.

Legends Superstitions And Sketches Of Devonshire

Author : Bray
ISBN : ONB:+Z205981306
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Transactions Of The Annual Meeting

Author : American Child Hygiene Association
ISBN : CHI:20264242
Genre : Child care
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Traditions Legends Superstitions And Sketches Of Devonshire

Author : Mrs. Bray (Anna Eliza)
ISBN : HARVARD:32044011772258
Genre : Folklore
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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.

Legends Superstitions And Sketches Of Devonshire On The Borders Of The Tamar And The Tavy Illustrative Of Its Manners Customs History Antiquities Scenery And Natural History

Author : Mrs. Bray (Anna Eliza)
Genre : Devon (England)
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