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A Dictionary of Superstitions

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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
Paperback, 494 pages
Published December 8th 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1989)
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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.
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?

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Iona Archibald Opie is a folklorist of children's literature and verse.
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