A Dictionary of English Surnames

A Dictionary of English Surnames

This classic dictionary explains the origins of over 16,000 names in current English use.

Author: Percy Hide Reaney

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415057370

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 508

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This classic dictionary answers questions such as these and explains the origins of over 16,000 names in current English use. It will be a source of fascination to everyone with an interest in names and their history.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

A Dictionary of Superstitions

A Dictionary of Superstitions

For example, the lucky horseshoe was protection against witches in the sixteenth century, andtouching wood may be a lingering memory of the veneration attached to the relics of the cross.Both informative and accessible, this dictionary is a ...

Author: Iona Archibald Opie

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0192806645

Category: Reference

Page: 494

View: 376

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.
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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: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 0304365610

Category: Reference

Page: 527

View: 844

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.
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Cassell Dictionary of Superstitions

Cassell Dictionary of Superstitions

People around the world and throughout history have always held arcane beliefs to try to gain understanding and control over a mysterious world.

Author: David Pickering

Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson

ISBN: 0304345350

Category: Social Science

Page: 294

View: 498

People around the world and throughout history have always held arcane beliefs to try to gain understanding and control over a mysterious world. This entertaining and educational reference describes why actors shout "break a leg" to each other for good luck, and consider any word of encouragement before a performance to be a curse. The entry on baseball players explains why they never mention a no-hitter while it's in progress, and why they carefully place their gloves in the field for good luck. Other sections describe customs involving hundreds of animals and birds, rocks and plants, foods and occupations, sleeping and sexual activities, all believed to possess the power to bring doom or fortune. Besides the many entires about superstitions, taboos, and fears, there are sections on traditional rhymes and chants, as well as the uses of potions and rituals that are employed to avoid harm and master the future.
Categories: Social Science

A Dictionary of Omens and Superstitions

A Dictionary of Omens and Superstitions

The definitive dictionary of omens and superstitions, this has been a popular resource for over 40 years.

Author: Philippa Waring

Publisher: Souvenir PressLtd

ISBN: 0285633961

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 264

View: 491

Do you avoid anything connected with the number thirteen? Think it lucky when a black cat crosses your path? Or unlucky to see the new moon through glass?Belief in superstitions links us with a time when everyday events and objects had magical significance. A treasure trove of fascinating information, Philippa Waring's A Dictionary of Omens and Superstitions reveals the secrets of hundreds of ancient traditions.Do you know:What it means if a cat sits and washes itself in your doorway?Why women should have their hair cut only when the moon is waxing?Why Yorkshire people throw caterpillars over their shoulders?What it means if you mistakenly recognise a perfect stranger as someone you know?Why Thursdays are the unluckiest days in Germany and December 28th is ill-fated throughout Europe?And why it is universally believed to be unlucky to walk under ladders?Philippa Waring explores intriguing mysteries and rituals, tracing the origins of our superstitions and explaining their rich symbolism. Engagingly and entertainingly written, the wide-ranging entries list customs and portents from all over the world, throughout the ages.Whether you wish to settle a question that has been nagging at the back of your mind, or increase your good fortune and ward off bad luck, this is the most complete reference guide available to omens and superstitions.The definitive dictionary of omens and superstitions, this has been a popular resource for over 40 years. Containing over 500 entries the 'Dictionary of Omens and Superstitions' traces the origins of superstitions from all over the world, discusses the rich symbolic context in which they survive and suggesting how they are a guide to help us exploit good luck and avoid bad luck. Folk beliefs affect every aspect of our lives and link us to a distant magical past when chance happenings and natural phenomena could be portents. However, the modern world has forgotten the meanings of many of these portents, though the superstitions persist and this engagingly written book is a guide to their continuing significance. 'A Dictionary of Omens and Superstitions' reveals the secrets held within hundreds of years of tradition and custom. Do you know: what it means when a cat sits and washes itself in your doorway, why women should have their hair cut when the moon is waxing, why Thursdays are regarded as the unluckiest day in Germany and why it is universally believed that walking under ladders is unlucky?
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Encyclop dia of Superstitions Folklore and the Occult Sciences of the World

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

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.

Author: Cora Linn Daniels

Publisher: The Minerva Group, Inc.

ISBN: 1410209148

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 624

View: 738

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."
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The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Superstitions

The Little Giant Encyclopedia of Superstitions

Broken up into categories such as Animals, Astrology, Dreams, and Flowers, this fascinating dictionary will alert you to thousands of beliefs, omens, and proverbs that you may never have known.

Author: Diagram Group

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 080696913X

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 511

View: 864

Broken up into categories such as Animals, Astrology, Dreams, and Flowers, this fascinating dictionary will alert you to thousands of beliefs, omens, and proverbs that you may never have known. Many other subjects range from Clothing to Food to Marriage numbers.
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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: 643

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
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Faiths and Folklore

Faiths and Folklore

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations.

Author: William Carew Hazlitt

Publisher: Franklin Classics Trade Press

ISBN: 0343755084

Category:

Page: 344

View: 214

This work has been selected by scholars as being culturally important and is part of the knowledge base of civilization as we know it. This work is in the public domain in the United States of America, and possibly other nations. Within the United States, you may freely copy and distribute this work, as no entity (individual or corporate) has a copyright on the body of the work. Scholars believe, and we concur, that this work is important enough to be preserved, reproduced, and made generally available to the public. To ensure a quality reading experience, this work has been proofread and republished using a format that seamlessly blends the original graphical elements with text in an easy-to-read typeface. We appreciate your support of the preservation process, and thank you for being an important part of keeping this knowledge alive and relevant.
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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: 575

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

Dictionary of Faiths Folklore

Dictionary of Faiths   Folklore

Author: William Carew Hazlitt

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015070085009

Category: Fasts and feasts

Page: 672

View: 288

Categories: Fasts and feasts

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: 372

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

The Witchcraft Collection Volume Two

The Witchcraft Collection Volume Two

In Dictionary of Magic, occult expert Harry E. Wedeck offers a broad understanding of witchcraft, necromancy, paganism, the occult, and many of magic’s other manifestations.

Author: Frank Gaynor

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504060424

Category: Social Science

Page: 785

View: 506

Three authoritative yet accessible reference books covering the esoteric terms, concepts, and histories of magical practices and mystical thought. Dictionary of Mysticism offers concise definitions for more than 2,200 terms used in a number of mystical traditions and fields of study, including esoteric philosophy, occultism, psychical research, spiritualism, alchemy, astrology, and demonology. It also covers the studies of Buddhism, Brahmanism, Sufism, Lamaism, Zoroastrianism, Theosophy, and Cabbalism. Encyclopedia of Superstitions is a wide-ranging and authoritative reference book that explores the origins and influences of various superstitions from a number of cultural traditions. It contains enlightening information about charms, spells, fairy lore and legend, folk remedies, and customs of birth, marriage, and death. In Dictionary of Magic, occult expert Harry E. Wedeck offers a broad understanding of witchcraft, necromancy, paganism, the occult, and many of magic’s other manifestations. This A-to-Z reference book provides in-depth information on essential concepts, practices, and vocabulary, and covers many notable wizards and demonographers.
Categories: Social Science

A Dictionary of Science Literature Art

A Dictionary of Science  Literature    Art

It would seem , then , that , although belief not ground it has been asserted that ,
where an in accordance with fact furnishes the basis of alleged event breaks a
continuity universal superstition , such belief cannot issue in superin all scientific
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Author: William Thomas Brande

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:555004319

Category: Science

Page:

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Superstitions

Superstitions

Though we may say we don’t believe in superstitions, they have an unmistakable power...and to be on the safe side, most of us secretly knock wood, don’t walk under ladders, and avoid opening that umbrella indoors.

Author: Diagram Group

Publisher: Sterling Publishing Company, Inc.

ISBN: 1402755023

Category: Body, Mind & Spirit

Page: 511

View: 291

If you’re about to get on a plane, what should you do--and avoid doing--to assure a safe flight? What does it mean if you see an ambulance zoom by? And is a black cat always unlucky? Though we may say we don’t believe in superstitions, they have an unmistakable power...and to be on the safe side, most of us secretly knock wood, don’t walk under ladders, and avoid opening that umbrella indoors. Broken up into categories such as animals, astrology, dreams, and flowers, this fascinating dictionary will alert you to thousands of beliefs, omens, and proverbs that you may never have known. Here’s just a few: * A dog hiding under a table means a storm is brewing. * To see an image of your future spouse, eat a whole salted herring in three mouthfuls, go to bed without a drink, and say nothing. * Scatter ashes over the roof of a house to protect it against lightning. * Bringing an axe into the home presages death. * When the aurora borealis--the colored lights that flash in the northern sky--appear, spirits are cavorting in heaven and a war is imminent. * Eating peanuts before an auto race brings bad luck. Among the many other subjects: clothing, days of the year, food, gemstones, herbs, hobbies,illness and medicine, marriage numbers, plants and trees, professions, and the weather.
Categories: Body, Mind & Spirit