Life in Brazil; Or, a Journal of a Visit to the Land of the Cocoa and the Palm

Life in Brazil; Or, a Journal of a Visit to the Land of the Cocoa and the Palm

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1856 edition. Excerpt: ...that is, Medida de Nossa Senhora da Gloria--not the lady on Gloria Hill; she is a foot taller. The color varies with the saint. I had an opportunity of examining a smaller one, of narrow red ribbon, blessed and sent by a priest to its fair owner the day after the saint's festival. It was used to remove headache, toothache, and other pains, by being wound round the parts affected, and, as was said, really did remove them. Of this there is little room to doubt. Charms act on a principle recognized from the earliest times--one which, by exciting the hopes, fears, and faith of the impressible, has wrought wonders in all ages, and will continue to work them. I was not a little surprised a few evenings ago in hearing ladies speak of " measures of the Holy Ghost." In reply to the inquiry by what standards the lengths were determined, it was said, " They are cut to no particular lengths, but are stamped with the triangle and dove, and are found good for many complaints." When E a was about to sail to Rio Grande, Dona C gave her one, and told her to use it if attacked with sea-sickness. Having taken cold, accompanied with hoarseness, S offered to procure for me one of St. Braz's specifics; " but then you must have full faith in it, or it may do you harm." This medical saint is celebrated for the successful treatment of bronchial affections. A few days before the 3d of February, a priest takes his measure with fine wire. A number of these medidas are provided, also pictures of him, and little green tapers. At his festival these are distributed to those who contribute to the fete--a print to one, a candle to another, a measure to a third, and, it may be, one of each to a liberal donor. The directions are, Fold the wire round the neck.as often as it will go, ...show more

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  • Paperback | 164 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 304g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236661648
  • 9781236661647