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Superstitions : a handbook of folklore, myths, and legends from around the world / D.R. McElroy.

By: McElroy, D. R. (Debra R.).
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: New York, New York : Wellfleet Press, 2020Description: 191 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.Content type: text | still image Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781577151913; 1577151917.Subject(s): Superstition | Folklore | Mythology | LegendsDDC classification: 398.2
Contents:
Africa -- The Middle East -- Asia -- The Americas -- Europe -- Australia and Oceania.
Summary: Across all cultures and spanning centuries, superstitions rooted in cultural legends and myths have formed and influenced daily life. Superstitions: A Handbook of Folklore, Myths, and Legends from around the World explains how and why these legends and the associated behaviors behind them developed, accompanied by beautiful illustrations. In this definitive reference, you'll learn the fascinating and often bizarre histories of a comprehensive range of superstitions from around the world. For example, the belief that one will have seven years' bad luck if you break a mirror is said to come from the Romans, who were the first to create glass mirrors. And in Japanese culture, cutting your nails at night is thought to lead to a quick death because the two phrases sound similar. You'll also find out why some superstitions vary from culture to culture. For instance, the "unlucky" number 13 is considered a bad omen in some countries, like the US, and "lucky" in other countries, like Italy - where the number 17 is considered unlucky. The information is organized by country, so you can easily investigate the popular superstitions linked to your own or other specific ethnic heritage or cultural identity. Satisfy your burning curiosity with this complete guide to superstitions, folklore, and myths.
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Superstitions: A Handbook of Folklore, Myths, and Legends from Around the World is your definitive reference to the history of superstitions, traditions, myths, and folklore from around the world.

Includes index.

Africa -- The Middle East -- Asia -- The Americas -- Europe -- Australia and Oceania.

Across all cultures and spanning centuries, superstitions rooted in cultural legends and myths have formed and influenced daily life. Superstitions: A Handbook of Folklore, Myths, and Legends from around the World explains how and why these legends and the associated behaviors behind them developed, accompanied by beautiful illustrations. In this definitive reference, you'll learn the fascinating and often bizarre histories of a comprehensive range of superstitions from around the world. For example, the belief that one will have seven years' bad luck if you break a mirror is said to come from the Romans, who were the first to create glass mirrors. And in Japanese culture, cutting your nails at night is thought to lead to a quick death because the two phrases sound similar. You'll also find out why some superstitions vary from culture to culture. For instance, the "unlucky" number 13 is considered a bad omen in some countries, like the US, and "lucky" in other countries, like Italy - where the number 17 is considered unlucky. The information is organized by country, so you can easily investigate the popular superstitions linked to your own or other specific ethnic heritage or cultural identity. Satisfy your burning curiosity with this complete guide to superstitions, folklore, and myths.