Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “A Dictionary of Superstitions” as Want to Read:
A Dictionary of Superstitions
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

A Dictionary of Superstitions

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  92 Ratings  ·  3 Reviews
Is it good or bad luck to mention a pig to a fisherman? What does it portend when you break a double-yolked egg? Or when you witness a headless shadow? How many frogs do you need to cure whooping cough? And what's all this about black cats?
Ranging from the familiar to the bizarre, and including everything from spells and omens to rituals and taboos, this delightfully info
...more
Paperback, 494 pages
Published December 8th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1989)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about A Dictionary of Superstitions, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about A Dictionary of Superstitions

Community Reviews

(showing 1-10)
Rating details
Sort: Default
|
Filter
Genean
This book reads like few others. Long held superstitions based on various subjects are sourced back to their further most quotes and reflected upon. Some of the explanations are eye opening yet many help when unravelling such things as 'nonsense poems'. This is not to be mistaken for a symbols dictionary. For all the wives tales told in the past there are some that resonate with our current sense of expression. This book is for those interested in that derivation.
Jeff Beland
One of my favorite reference books for superstitions.
Sammich
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who's interested in superstitions and their origins
Learned a lot about where most if not all superstitions stem from. I also learned about how crazy the world is. Did you know that if you have a latern on your dinner table then you're dooming your cattle to die?

DUN DUN DUUUUN
Rosalie
rated it really liked it
Nov 19, 2016
Jake Badger
rated it really liked it
Nov 21, 2015
Edie
rated it it was amazing
Apr 19, 2009
Christine McNair
rated it really liked it
Aug 18, 2010
Barbie
rated it it was amazing
Sep 09, 2011
Cara Hayes
rated it it was amazing
Jan 02, 2018
Silence Longing
rated it it was amazing
Jan 12, 2013
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Mythology 101: From Gods and Goddesses to Monsters and Mortals, Your Guide to Ancient Mythology
  • The Element Encyclopedia of Vampires
  • Cryptozoology A to Z: The Encyclopedia of Loch Monsters, Sasquatch, Chupacabras & Other Authentic Mysteries of Nature
  • The Illustrated Signs and Symbols Sourcebook
  • New Larousse Encyclopedia of Mythology
  • An Illustrated Dictionary of the Gods and Symbols of Ancient Mexico and the Maya
  • Encyclopedia of Gods: Over 2,500 Deities of the World
  • Giants, Monsters, and Dragons: An Encyclopedia of Folklore, Legend, and Myth
  • Encyclopedia of the Undead: A Field Guide to the Creatures That Cannot Rest in Peace
  • Math for Mystics: From the Fibonacci Sequence to Luna's Labyrinth to Golden Section and Other Secrets of Sacred Geometry
  • Llewellyn's Complete Book of Correspondences: A Comprehensive & Cross-Referenced Resource for Pagans & Wiccans
  • Merriam-Webster's Encyclopedia of Literature
  • Dictionary of Slang
  • A Dictionary of Symbols (Occult)
  • Egyptian Mythology: A Guide to the Gods, Goddesses, and Traditions of Ancient Egypt
  • Encyclopedia of World Mythology
  • Portrait of a Priestess: Women and Ritual in Ancient Greece
  • A Dictionary of Angels: Including the Fallen Angels
48972
Iona Archibald Opie is a folklorist of children's literature and verse.
More about Iona Opie...