Encyclopfdia of Superstitions, Folklore, and the Occult Sciences of the World, Volume 2

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The Minerva Group, Inc., Nov 1, 2003 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 668 pages
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Originally published in 1903, this is an excellent source for an historical perspective on superstitions and folklore. Hundreds of entries are arranged alphabetically within broad subject categories. The original subtitle reads: "A comprehensive library of human belief and practice in the mysteries of life through more than six thousand years of experience and progress including the fundamental intuitions and instincts underlying the structure of civilization, theology, mythology, demonology, magic, witchcraft, esoteric philosophy, signs, omens, oracles, sorceries, auguries, divinations, prophecies, methods and means employed in revealing fortune and fate, systems and formulas for the use of psychical forces, hypnotism, clairvoyance, telepathy, spiritualism, character reading and character building with all the known powers and wonders of mind and soul, illustrated with numerous ancient and modern designs and thoroughly indexed."
 

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Found this text in a search for Merrigpena, mentioned in The Booandik Tribe of South Australian Aborigines (1880). The story from that book (Why the Emu has Short Wings) is copied here (adding 1 mispelling), but they don’t credit it and they tell us this a “Legend of the Boonandik tribe, Mount Gaurbier, Australia”.
If they can’t get simple details like *Booandik* and *Mount Gambier* right, then I wouldn’t put too much faith in the accuracy of this book.
Probably an interesting book, nonetheless.
 

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This book is excellent. It's my first port of call for folklore and past knowledge of the natural world. So much information, so well catagorised. I just love it.

Contents

CHAPTER
567
THE MINERAL KINGDOM
721
CHAPTER XII
763
CHAPTER XIII
865
CHAPTER XIV
892
CHAPTER XV
916
THE PHYSICAL SCIENCES AND NATURE IN GENERAL
928
TRADITIONS OF THE FLOOD
947
INFLUENCE OP THE STAR
998
THEORIES OP THE UNIVERSE AMONG TEX NATIONS
1034
DICTIONARY or CHAXHS OMENS LEGENDS AND STORIES FOE SEAFARERS
1041
PLACES OBJECTS AND ARTICLES OF WORSHIP
1081
SACKED ANIMALS 1062
1092
HISTORY OF REMARKABLE RELIGIOUS SECTS
1101
STORIES AND LEGENDS OF CHRIST
1118
VARIOUS BELIEFS CONCERNING IMMORTALITY
1124

OBSERVATIONS CONCERNING RAIN
972
LEGENDS OP SPRINGS FOUNTAINS AMD WELLS
990
THE SAINTS PRIESTS AND HOLY MEN AND WOMEN OF THE WORLD
1140
PECULIARITIES OF HUMAN WORSHIP
1188

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