Living Age Volume 180

Living Age Volume 180

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1889 edition. Excerpt: ... in the bud; we certainly do find young women, on the eve of St. John the Baptist, using a divination peculiarly their own for the discovery of their future husbands. Around a vase of water drawn without speaking, and since called "the speechless water," they say divers incantations. Into it they cast trinkets and so forth, which are drawn out at haphazard by a child as songs are sung, and she whose trinket comes out deciphers from the words at that moment sung the mean ing of the oracle, truly Delphic in its character. They eat salt cakes of most indigestible material that night to ensure their dreaming a dream in which their future husband will figure, and these divinations are called the akleidones. The parents or next of kin usually arrange marriages for those whom they think fit to enter that estate, and in some islands there are certain old women whose duty it is to carry the proposal and bring back the answer, which old women correspond to the npopviiarpuu of antiquity (Pollux, iii. 31). These old women know many love potions which they administer for money, one of which says that a lovesick girl, if she wishes to win the object of her affections, must get the milk of forty mothers, and of forty of their married daughters; these she must mix, and if she can succeed in getting her young man, by stealth or otherwise, so much as to taste a drop of the mixture, he will be hers for life. When the old woman goes to propose she must wear stockings of different colors. "She has on stockings of two colors," says a modern Greek rhyme, "methinks we shall have an offer." If the proposal is refused, the young man is said "to eat gruel." The cause of the frequency of these marriages de convenance is to be...
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  • Paperback | 656 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 34mm | 1,152g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236873432
  • 9781236873439