Mona A Radford

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
Why is it said that breaking a mirror or walking under ladders will bring bad luck and misfortunate? Ever wonder why so many people throw salt over their shoulders after spilling it, or wish on shooting stars? The Encyclopedia of Superstitions holds the answers to these questions and more. This classic and captivating reference book catalogs the origins of hundreds of superstitious beliefs and includes a rich history of charms, spells, folklore, and rural remedies drawn from cultures around the world used to commemorate births, marriages, deaths, to ward off evil, or invite good fortune. Edwin and Mona A. Radford uncover why catching a falling leaf in autumn is believed to stave off colds all winter and explain the traditional Norse mythological roots of kissing under the mistletoe at Christmas. They explore the myriad of beliefs surrounding the moon or what spotting a rainbow portends and why. This thought-provoking collection provides a wealth of entertaining entries—stories that have the power to thrill, intrigue, and perhaps send a chill down the spine of even the most skeptical of readers.
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  • Dannihas quoted2 years ago
    Sneeze on a Monday, sneeze for danger.
    Sneeze on a Tuesday, kiss a stranger.
    Sneeze on a Wednesday, get a letter.
    Sneeze on a Thursday, something better.
    Sneeze on a Friday, sneeze for sorrow.
    Saturday—see your true love to-morrow.
  • Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
    Serpents’ Eggs and Snake Eggs
  • Menna Abu Zahrahas quoted2 years ago
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