Northern Mythology, Comprising the Principal Popular Traditions and Superstitions of Scandinavia, North Germany and the Netherlands Volume 3

Northern Mythology, Comprising the Principal Popular Traditions and Superstitions of Scandinavia, North Germany and the Netherlands Volume 3

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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. 1852 edition. Excerpt: ...ceremony, derived down, perhaps, from our Saxon ancestors, who practised it before their conversion to Christianity." Tetters and warts disappear if touched with the hand of a corpse. Stenclal. When you have eaten eggs the shells are to be broken, else you will get the ague. Mark. This is also done in England, and for the sound reason, that the witches may not use them as boats. The same injunction is current likewise in Belgium, but whether from the same prudential motive is not stated. HOUSE, FIELD, ETC. On entering a new dwelling the first thing to be provided is bread; you will then always have your bread there. If you bring corn-flowers with you into the house, the bread will grow mouldy. Mellin. What a. person dreams the first night in a house will come to pass. On Saturday night there should be no spinning after sunset. Altmar/c and Meklenburg. Else the mice will nestle in it. Near Wolfenbiitlel. On Thursday evening there should be no spinning, nor any dung carried out on that day. Altmark. In planting trees the planter should grasp them with both hands, and somebody should stand by: they will then bear well. Stendal. The first fruit of a tree should be gathered into a large sack, and some left on the tree; then it will always bear well. Stendal. Peas should be sown only on Wednesdays and Saturdays; else the birds will carry them off. Stendal. Millet sown after sunset will not be eaten by the birds. Camern. When the cattle go for the first time to the pasture, a piece of turf should be laid before the door; they will then not get the grass distemper. Mellin. That the witches may have no power over a newly bought beast, it must be dragged into the stall backwards, and in order that it may thrive, the first time it goes to...show more

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  • Paperback | 110 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 213g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236741730
  • 9781236741738