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Black cats and evil eyes : a book of old-fashioned superstitions

Author: Chloe Rhodes
Publisher: [London] : Michael O'Mara, 2013.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Presents a collection that investigates the origins of our old-fashioned superstitions. This title sets these superstitions in their historical context, explaining how fear of the Devil, demons, evil spirits and witchcraft drove people to arm themselves with rituals and talismans to repel dark forces and allow them to live long and healthy lives.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Rhodes, Chloe.
Black Cats and Evil Eyes : A Book of Old-Fashioned Superstitions.
London : Michael O' Mara Books, ©2012
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Chloe Rhodes
ISBN: 9781843179160 1843179164
OCLC Number: 889908407
Notes: Fiction.
Target Audience: Adult.
Description: 1 online resource
Contents: Cover; Title page; Copyright page; Contents; Introduction; The Superstitions; HORSESHOES; PICKING UP PENNIES; WALKING UNDER LADDERS; SPILLING SALT; THE EVIL EYE; MOONLIGHT; BREAKING A MIRROR; LOOSE OR BROKEN SHOELACES; NEVER LEAVE A HOUSE THROUGH A DIFFERENT DOOR FROM THE ONE USED FOR ENTRANCE; BLACK CATS; THE NUMBER THIRTEEN; THE GIFT OF A PURSE OR WALLET SHOULD ALWAYS INCLUDE MONEY; PARTING ON A BRIDGE; OWLS; NEVER KILL A ROBIN; NEVER KILL A SWALLOW; IT IS BAD LUCK TO LET MILK BOIL OVER; NEVER KILL A SPIDER; IT IS BAD LUCK TO PASS ANYONE ON THE STAIRCASE; NEVER TREAD ON A GRAVE. NEVER REMOVE FLOWERS FROM A GRAVEIT IS BAD FORTUNE TO USE SCISSORS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY; NEVER GIVE A KNIFE OR SCISSORS AS A GIFT; ITCHING PALMS; LIGHTED CANDLES AND EVIL SPIRITS; BURNING CHEEKS MEAN SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU; A SUDDEN CHILL THAT CAUSES A SHIVER MEANS SOMEONE HAS STEPPED OVER YOUR GRAVE; IF A BROKEN CLOCK SUDDENLY CHIMES, THERE WILL BE A DEATH IN THE FAMILY; WRAPPING A NEWBORN CHILD IN ITS MOTHER'S CLOTHES UNTIL IT HAS BEEN BAPTIZED; WHEN A DOG HOWLS, DEATH IS NEAR; IT IS BAD LUCK TO BURN BEEF BONES; IF A BAT GETS IN YOUR HAIR YOU ARE POSSESSED BY THE DEVIL. SAYING 'BLESS YOU' WHEN SOMEONE SNEEZESIF YOU BITE YOUR TONGUE WHILST EATING, IT IS BECAUSE YOU HAVE RECENTLY TOLD A LIE; A BRIDE MUST SEW A SWAN'S FEATHER INTO HER HUSBAND'S PILLOW TO ENSURE FIDELITY; PUT A PINPRICK IN EMPTY EGGSHELLS; HOLDING YOUR BREATH WHEN PASSING A CEMETERY; NEVER OPEN AN UMBRELLA INDOORS; FRIDAY 13TH IS AN UNLUCKY DAY; NEVER USE A CROSSROADS AS A MEETING PLACE; CROSSED KNIVES AT THE TABLE SIGNIFY A QUARREL; TO DREAM OF A LIZARD IS A SIGN THAT YOU HAVE A SECRET ENEMY; A CHILD'S NAILS SHOULDN'T BE CUT BEFORE ITS FIRST BIRTHDAY; SPITTING TO WARD OFF EVIL. NEVER CHOOSE A REDHEAD AS A BRIDESMAID AS SHE WILL STEAL THE GROOMKEEPING FINGERS CROSSED TO MAKE WISHES COME TRUE; COVERING MIRRORS AFTER A DEATH IN THE HOME; A BED CHANGED ON FRIDAY WILL BRING BAD DREAMS; PUTTING SALT ON THE DOORSTEP OF A NEW HOUSE TO WARD OFF EVIL; PLACING SHOES UPON A TABLE WILL BRING BAD LUCK; NEVER TAKE A BROOM WITH YOU WHEN YOU MOVE HOUSE; NEVER LEAVE A ROCKING CHAIR ROCKING WHEN EMPTY; A LOAF OF BREAD TURNED UPSIDE DOWN AFTER SLICING IS PERILOUS; IT IS BAD LUCK TO MEET A FUNERAL PROCESSION HEAD ON; COVERING THE MOUTH WHEN YAWNING; KNOCK ON WOOD / TOUCH WOOD. TYING A KNOT IN A HANDKERCHIEFLIGHTNING WILL NEVER STRIKE A HOUSE WITH A BURNING FIRE; NEVER LIGHT THREE CIGARETTES WITH ONE MATCH; WEAR A TOAD AROUND THE NECK TO WARD OFF THE PLAGUE; NEVER BRING LILIES INDOORS; IT IS UNLUCKY TO DENY A PREGNANT WOMAN HER CRAVINGS; NEVER CUT AN ELDER TREE; ALWAYS STIR CHRISTMAS CAKE CLOCKWISE; TOUCHING A CORPSE FOR GOOD LUCK; IF A TOAD OR FROG ENTERS THE HOUSE IT WILL BRING BAD LUCK; PEOPLE WHO LIVE NEAR THE COAST CAN'T DIE UNTIL THE TIDE IS EBBING; ACCIDENTS HAPPEN IN THREES; CUTTING A LONE HAWTHORN BUSH WILL BRING DEATH.
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Presents a collection that investigates the origins of our old-fashioned superstitions. This title sets these superstitions in their historical context, explaining how fear of the Devil, demons, evil spirits and witchcraft drove people to arm themselves with rituals and talismans to repel dark forces and allow them to live long and healthy lives.

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