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The Resource A Dictionary of superstitions, edited by Iona Opie and Moira Tatem

A Dictionary of superstitions, edited by Iona Opie and Moira Tatem

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A Dictionary of superstitions
Title
A Dictionary of superstitions
Statement of responsibility
edited by Iona Opie and Moira Tatem
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Examines superstitions and other folk beliefs that have survived time including divinations, spells, cures, charms, signs and omens, rituals, and taboos. Also describes the meanings behind the customs for Halloween, New Year's, and other holidays
  • Is it good or bad luck to mention a pig to a fisherman? What does it portend when you break a double-yolked egg? How many frogs do you need to cure whooping cough? Ranging from the familiar to the bizarre, and including everything from spells and omens to rituals and taboos, this delightfully informative dictionary covers a wide array of popular superstitions, touching on virtually every aspect of human culture. They embrace family life and the lore offarmers, sailors, miners, and actors; offer advice on the signs to observe when contemplating a journey or a marriage; reveal the significance of animals, plants, stones, colors, food and drink, the elements, and heavenly bodies; and outline the precautions to be taken after a death in the house orduring a thunderstorm. Each entry is arranged alphabetically according to its central idea or object, and illustrated with a selection of chronologically ordered quotations that indicate the history and development of each belief. Superstitions have never before been treated in such depth or on such a scale. An entertaining volume for anyone curious about the beliefs of the past, A Dictionary of Superstitions also makes a valuable contribution to the study of folklore, providing the first systematic account of beliefs that form an integral part of our social life
Additional physical form
Also issued online.
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
001.9/6/03
Index
no index present
LC call number
BF1775
LC item number
.D53 1989
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
  • dictionaries
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorDate
1923-2017
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Opie, Iona
  • Tatem, Moira
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Superstition
  • Folklore
  • Superstition
  • Folklore
  • Superstitions
  • Folklore
  • Superstition
  • Bijgeloof
  • Superstitions
  • Aberglaube
  • Wörterbuch
Label
A Dictionary of superstitions, edited by Iona Opie and Moira Tatem
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Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 455-462)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm19555361
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 494 pages
Isbn
9780192829160
Lccn
89032327
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o19555361
  • (OCoLC)19555361
Label
A Dictionary of superstitions, edited by Iona Opie and Moira Tatem
Link
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 455-462)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
ocm19555361
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xiii, 494 pages
Isbn
9780192829160
Lccn
89032327
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) o19555361
  • (OCoLC)19555361

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