A Dictionary of Superstitions

A Dictionary of Superstitions

Both informative and accessible, this dictionary is a browser's delight, and a fascinating work of reference for anyone with an interest in superstitions and their history.

Author: Iona Archibald Opie

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0192806645

Category: Reference

Page: 494

View: 117

If you've ever wanted the definitive answers on subjects such as black cats, magpies and spilt milk, look no further than this classic, critically acclaimed dictionary. Hundreds of superstitions and beliefs, including spells, cures, rituals, taboos, charms, and omens are covered, and illustrated by quotations that trace their development through the centuries. Subjects include advice on the signs to observe when getting married, the significance of animals, plants, stones, colours, food and drink, the elements and heavenly bodies, precautions to be taken after a death in the house, and many more. Superstitions are arranged alphabetically by subject, and fully cross referenced for easy browsing.
Categories: Reference

Dictionary of Superstitions

Dictionary of Superstitions

Alphabetical survey of superstitions, old and new, with information on the origins of the beliefs and the extent to which they have flourished, and coverage of the amulets, talismans, and charms that people use to ward off bad luck or call ...

Author: David Pickering

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1494362228

Category: Reference

Page: 361

View: 389

Alphabetical survey of superstitions, old and new, with information on the origins of the beliefs and the extent to which they have flourished, and coverage of the amulets, talismans, and charms that people use to ward off bad luck or call forth good fortune.
Categories: Reference

A Dictionary of Omens and Superstitions

A Dictionary of Omens and Superstitions

Originally published in 1978, this dictionary traces the probable origins of superstitions from all over the world, discussing the symbolic context in which they still survive and suggesting how they can help exploit good luck and avoid the ...

Author: Philippa Waring

Publisher: Souvenir PressLtd

ISBN: IND:30000057333019

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 264

View: 560

The definitive dictionary of omens and superstitions, this has been a popular resource for over 40 years.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Mammoth Book of Superstition

The Mammoth Book of Superstition

For anyone who has ever knocked on wood, pulled a wishbone, feared a broken mirror or been scared to open an umbrella indoors, this book strips down superstitions from old wives' tales and omens to bizarre mating and marriage customs; from ...

Author: Roy Bainton

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781472137470

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 847

Rather than providing a dictionary of superstitions, of which there are already numerous excellent, exhaustive and, in many cases, academic works which list superstitions from A to Z, Bainton gives us an entertaining flight over the terrain, landing from time to time in more thought-provoking areas. He offers an overview of humanity's often illogical and irrational persistence in seeking good luck and avoiding misfortune. While Steve Roud's two excellent books - The Penguin Dictionary of Superstitions and his Pocket Guide - and Philippa Waring's 1970 Dictionary concentrate on the British Isles, Bainton casts his net much wider. There are many origins which warrant the full back story, such as Friday the thirteenth and the Knights Templar, or the demonisation of the domestic cat resulting in 'cat holocausts' throughout Europe led by the Popes and the Inquisition. The whole is presented as a comprehensive, entertaining narrative flow, though it is, of course, a book that could be dipped into, and includes a thorough bibliography. Schoenberg, who developed the twelve-tone technique in music, was a notorious triskaidekaphobe. When the title of his opera Moses und Aaron resulted in a title with thirteen letters, he renamed it Moses und Aron. He believed he would die in his seventy-sixth year (7 + 6 = 13) and he was correct; he also died on Friday the thirteenth at thirteen minutes before midnight. As Sigmund Freud wrote, 'Superstition is in large part the expectation of trouble; and a person who has harboured frequent evil wishes against others, but has been brought up to be good and has therefore repressed such wishes into the unconscious, will be especially ready to expect punishment for his unconscious wickedness in the form of trouble threatening him from without.'
Categories: Social Science

Cassell s Dictionary of Superstitions

Cassell s Dictionary of Superstitions

Alphabetically arranged entries provide coverage of a wide range of ancient and modern fears, beliefs, and taboos, explaining the rituals, charms, and talismans invoked by the superstitions.

Author: David Pickering

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 0304365610

Category: Reference

Page: 527

View: 283

Alphabetically arranged entries provide coverage of a wide range of ancient and modern fears, beliefs, and taboos, explaining the rituals, charms, and talismans invoked by the superstitions.
Categories: Reference

A Dictionary of Superstitions

A Dictionary of Superstitions

Describes superstitions related to minerals, plants, animals, weather, the calendar, the human body, stages of life, objects, and clothing

Author: Sophie Lasne

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 013210881X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 355

View: 621

Describes superstitions related to minerals, plants, animals, weather, the calendar, the human body, stages of life, objects, and clothing
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

A Dictionary of Superstitions

A Dictionary of Superstitions

Describes superstitions related to minerals, plants, animals, weather, the calendar, the human body, stages of life, objects, and clothing

Author: Sophie Lasne

Publisher: Prentice Hall

ISBN: 013210881X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 355

View: 625

Describes superstitions related to minerals, plants, animals, weather, the calendar, the human body, stages of life, objects, and clothing
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Encyclopedia of Superstitions

The Encyclopedia of Superstitions

Hole, Christina. A Dictionary of British Folk Customs. London: Granada
Publishing, 1979. Igglesden, Charles. Those Superstitions. London: Jarrolds
Publishers, 1932. Jahoda, Gustav. The Psychology of Superstition. London:
Penguin Books ...

Author: Richard Webster

Publisher: Llewellyn Worldwide

ISBN: 9780738725611

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 336

View: 391

Have you ever rubbed a frog on your freckles? Trivia fans and fun fact fanatics will adore this fascinating, flickable encyclopedia of superstitions! Richard Webster presents over five hundred of the most obscure, curious, and just-plain-freaky superstitions of the Western world. Discover batty beliefs about baldness, beans, and the Bermuda Triangle, and peculiar practices regarding hiccups, hearses, and hunchbacks. From modern myths to centuries-old lore, The Encyclopedia of Superstitions offers a wealth of wonderfully weird beliefs on just about every topic you can imagine: Holidays Birth Death Weddings Colors Gemstones Trees Flowers Fairies Weather Numbers Animals Birds Insects Household Items Zodiac Signs Gambling The Human Body Food Praise: "[T]his reference makes for compulsive browsing."—Publishers Weekly
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

Dictionary of Superstitions

Dictionary of Superstitions

This is an account of the wide range of folk beliefs that have survived into our own age. The entries, arranged alphabetically by key word, cover every aspect of life and include spells, cures, rituals, taboos, charms and omens.

Author: Iona Archibald Opie

Publisher:

ISBN: 0760714827

Category: Folklore

Page: 494

View: 845

Categories: Folklore

Dictionary of Superstitions

Dictionary of Superstitions

Author: Cécile Donner

Publisher: Granada Pub Limited

ISBN: 0246124202

Category: Superstition

Page: 163

View: 696

Categories: Superstition

Encyclop dia of Superstitions Folklore and the Occult Sciences of the World

Encyclop  dia of Superstitions  Folklore  and the Occult Sciences of the World

DICTIONARY OF GEMS , JEWELS , PRECIOUS METALS AND MINERALS ,
WITH THEIR SIGNIFICANCE AND USE IN THE SUPERSTITION AND
FOLKLORE OF ALL COUNTRIES , . 721 CHAPTER XII . THE VEGETABLE
KINGDOM .

Author: Cora Linn Daniels

Publisher: The Minerva Group, Inc.

ISBN: 1410209156

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 668

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Originally published in 1903, this is an excellent source for an historical perspective on superstitions and folklore. Hundreds of entries are arranged alphabetically within broad subject categories. The original subtitle reads: "A comprehensive library of human belief and practice in the mysteries of life through more than six thousand years of experience and progress including the fundamental intuitions and instincts underlying the structure of civilization, theology, mythology, demonology, magic, witchcraft, esoteric philosophy, signs, omens, oracles, sorceries, auguries, divinations, prophecies, methods and means employed in revealing fortune and fate, systems and formulas for the use of psychical forces, hypnotism, clairvoyance, telepathy, spiritualism, character reading and character building with all the known powers and wonders of mind and soul, illustrated with numerous ancient and modern designs and thoroughly indexed."
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit

The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland

The Penguin Guide to the Superstitions of Britain and Ireland

Why does breaking a mirror lead to misfortune? This fascinating collection answers these and many other questions about the world of superstitions and forms an endlessly browsable guide to a subject that continues to obsess and intrigue.

Author: Steve Roud

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 9780141941622

Category: Social Science

Page: 576

View: 178

Are black cats lucky or unlucky? What should you do when you hear the first cuckoo? Since when have people believed that it's unlucky to shoot an albatross? Why does breaking a mirror lead to misfortune? This fascinating collection answers these and many other questions about the world of superstitions and forms an endlessly browsable guide to a subject that continues to obsess and intrigue.
Categories: Social Science