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A Dictionary of Superstitions

Iona Opie and Moira Tatem

Published in print January 1996 | ISBN: 9780192829160
Published online January 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191726873 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acref/9780192829160.001.0001
A Dictionary of Superstitions

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This is a fascinating dictionary covering the wide range of folk beliefs that have survived into our own age. Each superstition is illustrated by quotations tracing its development through the centuries. Entries tell of the traditional significance of animals, colours, days, and the elements; rituals to be observed at certain seasons or when faced with natural and unnatural occurrences; cures, taboos, and the uses to which people have put everyday objects in pursuit of good fortune or knowledge of the future.

Book.  1596 pages.  331546 words. 

Subjects: Popular Beliefs and Controversial Knowledge

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ADULTERER cures warts in A Dictionary of Superstitions

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AFTERBIRTH, burning: divination in A Dictionary of Superstitions

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AMBULANCE, seeing in A Dictionary of Superstitions

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ANIMAL, four-legged: meeting in A Dictionary of Superstitions

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