Plutarch's Romane Questions: With Dissertations on Italian Cults, Myths, Taboos, Man-worship, Aryan Marriage, Sympathetic Magic and the Eating of Beans

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D. Nutt, 1892 - Folklore - 170 pages
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Page lxxiii - He thinks that it would be very prejudicial to his dignity and holiness to touch the ground with his feet ; for this reason, when he intends to go anywhere, he must be carried thither on men's shoulders. Much less will they suffer that he should expose his sacred person to the open air, and the sun is not thought worthy to shine on his head. There is such a holiness ascribed to all...
Page xlviii - ... when the serpent which was the genius of the father of the Gracchi was killed, Tiberius died.
Page lxxxviii - Pharmacologia, pp. 43-5. a brilliant yellow colour, which indicates that it has the power of curing the jaundice; for the same reason, poppies must relieve diseases of the head; Agaricus those of the bladder...
Page xcvii - bridelifter" is a regular wedding official. The Finnish Ugrians uniformly practise it, and the ceremony seems to have been known to the ancient Hindus. It is further noteworthy that the Finnish Ugrians agree with the Romans, the Hindus and the Russians in that the bride is not only carried over the threshold by some of the bridal party, but is then caused by them to "sit upon a fleece of wool".
Page 50 - ... bride has been taken to her husband's house, which is also referred to in the text before us.1 P. 18, 5. In Rome . . .] From Plutarch, Quaest. Rom. 31, but not exact : ' Certes they that lead the bride home, cause her to sit upon a fliece of wooll, then bringeth she foorth a distaffe and a spindle, and with wooll all to hangeth and decketh the dore of her husbands house ' (trs. Holland, 861. 13-15) ; cf. Pliny, HN viii. 74 and xxix. 9. 27. Spanish needle] Needles are very frequently referred...
Page lxxx - Singhalese baby its horoscope is cast by an astrologer; and so highly is the document esteemed, that even in the hour of death more reliance is placed upon it than on the symptoms of the patient ! Again, the astrologer is called in to preside at the baby's ' rice-feast,' when some grains of rice are first placed in its mouth. He selects for the little one a name which is compounded from the name of the ruling planet of that moment. This name he tells only 1 Bourke, p. 461. to the father, who whispers...

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