Observations on Popular Antiquities: Chiefly Illustrating the Origin of Our Vulgar Customs, Ceremonies and Superstitions

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 8, 2011 - Social Science - 746 pages
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John Brand (1744-1806), secretary of the Society of Antiquaries, first published his widely popular Observations on Popular Antiquities in 1777. This fascinating two-volume almanac of British superstitions and customs was in fact a heavily revised and annotated version of Henry Bourne's Antiquitates vulgares (1725). Volume 2 of Brand's almanac concerns the origins and practices of British customs and ceremonies including marriage customs, death rites, belief in fairies, witchcraft, omens, and divination. The volume also provides explanations for obscure but common phrases and expressions. Following the success of the book's initial reception, Brand continued to research English folklore with the intention of publishing fuller information. This two-volume version, published posthumously in 1813, was edited and expanded by Sir Henry Ellis, Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum, and further revisions also appeared in 1841 and 1870. Brand's book is regarded as the foundation for folklore studies in England.
  

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Contents

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Msnnmos Cvsroms and Cnasmonxns
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Of the Saying that the Husbands qf false Women wear Horns
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Cvsroms xr DEATHS
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Or Bowmo TOWARDS ms Anna or COMMUNION TABLE on entering the Church 2
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Bsasnns IGNS
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Cvsro 1s AND Surnasrxrxoss comcsanmo Wn1 1 s AND FOUNTAINS
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Noncss concerning Srowrs and GAMES
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GHOSTSOTAPPARITIONS 418
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Q I Q I I 1 I Q I I I C I I 447
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Omens among Sailors
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Vegetables
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Cnamvzs
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DWINATION
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by the erectingof Figures Astrological
633
Chiromancy or Jlfanual Divination
642

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Marbles
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Prison Bars vulgarly called Prison Base
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Tiek Tack
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PORTSQfSAILORS
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Or the MEANING of the 01 1 SAW
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Robin Gooeffellow alias Pucke alias Hobgoblin
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Povuua Norrons concerning the APPARITION ty the Dnvn
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Bird of Paradise Pelican
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The Swan singing bebre its Death
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