The Encyclopedia of Superstitions (Google eBook)
Llewellyn Worldwide, Sep 1, 2012 - 336 pages
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
"[T]his reference makes for compulsive browsing."-Publishers Weekly
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The encyclopedia of superstitionsUser Review - Book Verdict
Drawing from his international travels, New Zealand palmist Webster (Practical Guide to Past-Life Memories) has compiled an A-to-Z catalog of 500 objects and actions closely associated with various superstitions. Focusing exclusively on Western-based popular myth, entries run from a single paragraph to multiple pages and sometimes offer brief scientific explanations for seemingly mysterious phenomena. Fully cross-referenced, these engaging and occasionally surprising entries often make reference to relevant literature and historical practice. Nine pages of textual citations and a five-page further reading list round out the book. Recommended for cultural studies collections.
Review: The Encyclopedia of SuperstitionsUser Review - Lady Natasha - Goodreads
Even though I am not a superstitious person at all (except regards theater) this was a very entertaining book. Good source for my paper... Read full review