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Mona A Radford

Encyclopedia of Superstitions

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    held a festival in honour of the ghosts,
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    In Yorkshire it was held by old country people that the beans contained the souls of the departed, and even to-day a bean shape is associated, in some connection, with death—a relic of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
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    Accidents are most frequent when the broad bean is in flower.—East Midlands
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    Except in one or two instances, where the line of demarcation is barely distinguishable, customs have been omitted as lacking any spiritual origin
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    Care has been taken to distinguish between superstition and custom.
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    The task occupied more than four years, and is brought to a conclusion with the presentation of this volume, containing more than two thousand superstitions of Britain ranging over the past six hundred years, and extending down to the present day.
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    We accordingly began collecting and authenticating all the superstitions we could trace.
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    excellent books on Folklore
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    comprehensive record of the superstitions, and nothing but the superstitions, still prevailing amongst the races of mankind to-day, and especially to identify their existence and observance with totally unrelated groups of the human race.
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    observing the rather fine distinction between superstition and custom.
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    , I think this is, if not the first encyclopædia devoted entirely to its specific subject, certainly the first that has come under my notice.
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    Dr. Brewer, his Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, for instance, in Chambers’s Book of Days, with its many occasional references, in general encyclopaedias without number, books devoted to the explanation of curious customs, and so forth,
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    There was need for some such work of reference on superstitions, covering the whole world in an encyclopædic way, rather than a cyclopaedia of beliefs peculiar to one country or one people.
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    Encyclopedia of Superstitions
    Edwin and Mona A. Radford
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