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THE ORIGINS OF POPULAR SUPERSTITIONS AND CUSTOMS

BY T. SHARPER KNOWLSON

 

PREFACE

INTRODUCTION

DAYS AND SEASONS

CANDLEMAS DAY.

VALENTINE'S DAY (February 14th)

SIMNEL SUNDAY

MAUNDAY THURSDAY (OR SHERE THURSDAY)

SHROVE TUESDAY

GOOD FRIDAY: Hot Cross Buns

GOOD FRIDAY LOAVES

PICKING UP SIXPENCES AT SMITHFIELD

EASTER HOLIDAYS

BIDDENDEN CAKES

EASTER EGGS

KNUTSFORD: THE MAY QUEEN AND THE MORRIS DANCES

FURRY DANCE--HELSTON

BAAL FIRE--ST. JOHN'S EVE

HOCKTIDE--OR HOKE DAY

GARLAND DAY AT ABBOTSBURY

ASCENSION DAY--"BEATING THE BOUNDS"

ASCENSION DAY--OTHER SUPERSTITIONS

ALL FOOLS' DAY

LICHFIELD GREENHILL BOWER

LAMMAS DAY

HARVEST HOME--THE KERN BABY

HALLOWEEN

THE FIFTH OF NOVEMBER

WROTH MONEY

CHRISTMAS

CHRISTMAS BOXES

YULE LOGS

LUCKY AND UNLUCKY DAYS

MARRIAGE SUPERSTITIONS AND CUSTOMS

THE ENGAGEMENT RING

BRIDESMAIDS AND BEST MAN

MAY MARRIAGES

THROWING THE SHOE

KISSING THE BRIDE

WEDDING RINGS AND BRIDE CAKE

THE DUNMOW FLITCH OF BACON

SELLING WIVES

CHRISTENING CUSTOMS

DIVINATION AND OMENS

DREAMS

WITCHCRAFT

DIVINATION BY BOOKS

DIVINING ROD (DOWSING ROD)

PALMISTRY

ASTROLOGY

CRYSTAL GAZING

COLOUR SUPERSTITIONS

NUMBERS

AMULETS, GEMS, CHARMS, TALISMANS, MASCOTS

OMENS--Introductory

LOOKING-GLASS OMENS

STUMBLING AND FALLING

SPILLING THE SALT

THIRTEEN AT TABLE

THE OWL

THE HOWLING OF DOGS

EAR-TINGLING

SNEEZING

SPITTING

KNIFE SUPERSTITIONS

SHARKS FOLLOWING SHIPS A SIGN OF DEATH

BLACK CATS

THE CUCKOO

COMETS

MISCELLANEOUS

HOLY WELLS

THE HORN DANCE--ABBOTS BROMLEY

"TELLING THE BEES"

THE DEATH-BELL

VAMPIRES

ROBIN REDBREAST

DRINKING CUSTOMS: TOASTS

YEW TREES IN CHURCHYARDS

THEATRE SUPERSTITIONS

CHRISTENING SHIPS

HORSESHOE TRIBUTES IN OAKHAM CASTLE

THE DUTY OF NOT SAVING A DROWNING MAN

PLAYING CARD SUPERSTITIONS

OMENS RELATING TO CARD GAMES