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Page 587 - Diaz del Castillo, written by himself. Containing a true and full Account of the Discovery and Conquest of Mexico and New Spain. Translated by JI Lockhart.
Page 476 - Meath. They entered the house armed with a dead man's hand with a lighted candle in it, believing in the superstitious notion that a candle placed in a dead man's hand will not be seen by any but those by whom it is used ; and also that if a candle in a dead hand be introduced into a house, it will prevent those who may be asleep from awaking. The inmates, however, were alarmed, and the robbers fled, leaving the hand behind them.
Page 468 - Mexico, from which they were kidnapped years ago; but, on the other hand, it is to be remembered that the...
Page 547 - Howe'er you come to know it, answer me : Though you untie the winds and let them fight Against the churches ; though the yesty waves Confound and swallow navigation up ; Though bladed corn be lodg'd and trees blown down ; Though castles topple on their warders...
Page 504 - The hot cross-buns of Good Friday, and the dyed eggs of Pasch or Easter Sunday, figured in the Chaldean rites just as they do now. The buns known, too, by that identical name were used in the worship of the Queen of Heaven, the Goddess Easter (Ishtar or Astarte), as early as the days of Cecrops, the founder of Athens, 1,500 years before the Christian era." "One species of bread," says Bryant, '"which used to be offered to the gods, was of great antiquity, and called Boun.
Page 559 - When a person has received a sprain, it is customary to apply to an individual practised in casting the wresting thread, this is a thread spun from black wool, on which are cast nine knots, and tied round a sprained leg or arm. During the time the operator is putting the thread round the affected limb, he says, but in such a tone of voice as not to be heard by the bystanders, nor even by the person operated upon: the lord rade, and...
Page 498 - ... and a rattle in his hand. With most strange gestures and passions he began his invocation, and environed the fire with a circle of meale...
Page 530 - It is believed to be good for many disorders, but particularly for a diarrhoea, for which it is considered a sovereign remedy. Some years ago, a cottager lamented that her poor neighbour must certainly die of this complaint, because she had already given her two doses of Good Friday bread without any benefit. No information could be obtained from the doctress respecting her nostrum, but that she had heard old folks say that it was a good thing, and that she always made it.] A writer in the Gentleman's...
Page 551 - ... (forty-eight yards), which are twisted together : it is then folded into three, and again twisted ; these are a second time folded into the same number, and tied at each end in knots. It is worn over the left shoulder (next the skin, extending half-way down the right thigh), by the Brahmans, Retries, and Vaisya castes.