Sea Phantoms; Or, Legends and Superstitions of the Sea and of Sailors in All Lands and at All Times

Sea Phantoms; Or, Legends and Superstitions of the Sea and of Sailors in All Lands and at All Times

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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. 1892 edition. Excerpt: ...to an opinion prevalent among them, when the evil spirits were cast out of the unfortunate man near the lake of Genesaret, and entered into the herd of swine, the whole herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, and were changed into porpoises." The blood of a porpoise, mixed with a little of the heart, pulverized, and placed under the armpit, was, in the middle-ages, believed to bestow great judgment upon the wearer. Cotton Mather assures us that it is the providence of God that sends these animals to be caught by people at sea, in distress for want of food. The dolphin is often figured along with the Chinese god of the sea. Esquimaux say dolphins' were once men. Landrln.A()p. cit. p. 211. + Chronicles. centsNoten olf a__Vha_ling Voyage (1811) ', gM;(gna, lm Lhristi Americana, ' Ruskin says that the dolphin in Greek art is the sea itself, and is also typical of the rising and setting sun, its arching back being taken as a sign of these.. The dolphin in mythology and folk-lore typifies the moon, the weather-maker, and, as Gubernatis shows, is a symbol of the soul journey and of the new birth, as also above-stated. "The dolphin, that watches over Amphitrite by order of Poseidon, in the Hellenic myth, is the same as the dolphin, the spy of the sea, or the moon, the spy of the nocturnal and misty sky. Inasmuch as the sky of night or winter was compared to the kingdom of the dead, both the dolphin and the moon, according to the Hellenic belief, carried the souls of the dead." As the dolphin and the shark are often seen together about the ship, the latter gloomy, watchful, and malicious, and the former playful and mild in appearance, there would naturally grow up, alongside of the tradition of the..show more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 188.98 x 246.13 x 9.14mm | 312.98g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236847083
  • 9781236847089