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Old Wives Tales
Are you superstitious? If you are, you might like reading these books about superstitions.
The superstition books I've gathered offer thousands of beliefs, also called old wives tales, that can predict outcomes you may never have thought about. Well, not really, but many people believe superstitions to be true when there is no factual basis for them.
According to the book pictured here, Current Superstitions, "A child will have a nature and disposition similar to that of the first person who takes him out of doors."
Read a few of these superstition books and find out the best way to introduce a child to the world, according to superstition of course, and so much more.
Learn more about superstitions through history, or just read about these beliefs for a fun time!
Superstition by My Mom
You have to eat a peck of dirt
before you die.
~ Superstition Oft Repeated
By My Mom
The Encyclopedia of Superstitions - by Richard Wheeler
Publication Date: 2008
The Encyclopedia of Superstitions offers "a wealth of wonderfully weird beliefs on just about every topic you can imagine." ~Amazon description
Many superstitions ascribe to doing
certain things to ensure good luck, like
~ putting the right shoe on before the left shoe
(or vice versa)
~ not working on New Year's Day
(or you'll spend all year doing that work)
~ eating a certain food on New Year's Day
(like black eyed peas) for good luck
Superstitions About Spiders and Spider Webs
Or Cobwebs as We Call Them
Spider webs are beautiful works of art, I think. But there are plenty of superstitions out there about these feathery things. Here are a few, complements of Ask the Exterminator:
~ If a big black spider comes into the house it is a sure sign of death.
~ If you see a spider spinning a web your income will increase due to hard work.
~ If a spider builds its web across your front door you can expect company.
To stop bleeding, my mom would get some cob webs (from behind a picture usually) and place that on the cut.
Image courtesy of The Graphics Fairy
Books on Superstitions
Cures for Nose Bleed*
~ Chew brown paper
~ Hold up right arm (we did this for coughing!)
~ Put a key down the back of your clothing
~ Tip your head back
*These are all superstitions.
Everyone knows you're supposed to tie a piece of red yarn around your thumb to cure a nose bleed.
Do You Believe in Superstitions?
Do You Believe in Superstitions?
Read More About Superstitions
- 10 Common Superstitions
If you would like to know why you shouldn't walk under a ladder or whether a black cat is really a creature to avoid, read on for a list of the top common superstitions that are still part of our culture, and where they came from...
- Britons still have faith in old wives' tales - Telegraph
Around 33 million Britons still believe in old wives' tales, new research has claimed.
- Cures And Preventive Superstitions
1059. When a finger, a toe, or an arm is amputated, it should be buried in a straight position; otherwise the patient will suffer pains from cramp.
Under the Tuscan Sun - Superstitions
The movie Under the Tuscan Sun is replete with several superstitions:
~ inside a villa that's for sale, a bird poops on Frances's head, which is good luck, so the owner, an old Italian woman sells it to her instead of another couple
~ when Patti comes to Italy to have her baby, Frances says they'll put a knife under the bed to cut the pain
Under the Tuscan Sun was a book before it was a movie. The movie is loosely based on the book.
Knock on Wood: Poems About Superstitions - by Janet S. Wong, illustrated by Julie Paschkis
Date Published: 2003
For grade school children, this book contains 17 original poems about superstitions.
Superstitions about Hair
Superstitions about hair are interesting and may or may not apply to you (depending of course on what kind of hair you have). Here are a few:
~ If you pull out a white hair, two will grow back in its place.
~ Hairy arms mean you're strong.
~ Coarse hair indicates good nature and fine hair quick temper.
Read more superstitions about hair.
Photo Credit: The Graphics Fairy
Where the Heart Is - Book and Movie
The 2000 movie Where the Heart Is was a book first. Novalee Nation is superstitious about the number five. Very superstitious. Do you remember what happened at the Walmart when her change was $5.55?
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