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A Dictionary of Superstitions (original 1989; edição 1993)

por Iona Opie & Moira Tatem (Edited By) (Autor)

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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 informative dictionary covers a wide array of popular superstitions, touching on virtually every aspect of human culture. They embrace family life and the lore of farmers, sailors, miners, and actors; offer advice on the signs to observe when contemplating a journey or a marriage; reveal the significance of animals, plants, stones, colors, food and drink, the elements, and heavenly bodies; outline the precautions to be taken after a death in the house or during a thunderstorm; and disclose the motives behind seasonal customs at New Year, in May, at Halloween, and Christmas. Each entry is arranged alphabetically according to its central idea or object, and illustrated with a selection of chronologically ordered quotations that indicate the history and development of each belief. And a thematic index helps the reader discover surprisingly coherent patterns in these mysterious and often misunderstood methods of comprehending the world and overcomingits perils, and shows the strong underlying connections with witchcraft and pagan religions. Superstitions have never before been treated in such depth or on such a scale. An entertaining volume for anyone curious about the beliefs of the past, A Dictionary of Superstitions also makes a valuable contribution to the study of folklore, providing the first systematic account of beliefs that form an integral part of our social life.… (mais)
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Título:A Dictionary of Superstitions
Autores:Iona Opie & Moira Tatem (Edited By) (Autor)
Informação:Oxford University Press (1993)
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A Dictionary of Superstitions por Iona Opie (1989)

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  pszolovits | Feb 3, 2021 |
The book should have been titled: Dictionary of British Superstitions, in which case, I would give it five stars. It is very well-sourced and intriguing, but it does not cover superstitions in toto. ( )
  andy85719 | Jan 5, 2016 |
Wholly entertaining treatise on superstitions from (mostly) the UK presumably designed to show how ridiculous superstitions are. ( )
  wrichard | Jun 29, 2013 |
Alphabetical listing of common and not-so-common superstitions from around Europe, illustrated by quotations that trace their development. Literary work, more for stricter reference than something to loan a teenaged girl interested in magic. ( )
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So I have heard, and do in part believe -- Hamlet
The whole Universitie of Doctors cannot roote these superstitious observations out of their minde. --John Melton
The superstitious follies of our country are almost eradicated. -- William Hayley
No one now likes to own a belief in evil spirits or witches, but considers it would be a pity to receive harm from neglecting so easy a precaution [as hanging up an old horseshoe]. -- George Roberts
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Preface -- The vast subject of 'superstitions', taken by us to include divinations, spells, charms, signs and omens, rituals, and taboos, has never before been systematically organized.
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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 informative dictionary covers a wide array of popular superstitions, touching on virtually every aspect of human culture. They embrace family life and the lore of farmers, sailors, miners, and actors; offer advice on the signs to observe when contemplating a journey or a marriage; reveal the significance of animals, plants, stones, colors, food and drink, the elements, and heavenly bodies; outline the precautions to be taken after a death in the house or during a thunderstorm; and disclose the motives behind seasonal customs at New Year, in May, at Halloween, and Christmas. Each entry is arranged alphabetically according to its central idea or object, and illustrated with a selection of chronologically ordered quotations that indicate the history and development of each belief. And a thematic index helps the reader discover surprisingly coherent patterns in these mysterious and often misunderstood methods of comprehending the world and overcomingits perils, and shows the strong underlying connections with witchcraft and pagan religions. Superstitions have never before been treated in such depth or on such a scale. An entertaining volume for anyone curious about the beliefs of the past, A Dictionary of Superstitions also makes a valuable contribution to the study of folklore, providing the first systematic account of beliefs that form an integral part of our social life.

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