How Did it Begin?: Customs & Superstitions, and Their Romantic Origins, Volumul 10
D. McKay Company, 1966 - 352 pagini
Customs, superstitions, habits, and expressions that abound in daily life in such areas as etiquette, birth, marriage, death, fashions, medicine, magic, sports, religion, and the Armed Forces. Highly entertaining as well as informative.
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Actually , the expression leads back to naval days that knew harsh punishment for recalcitrant sailors . The “ cat ” mentioned is the cat o'nine tails , the thonged instrument used in the British army and navy for disciplinary ...
Hence in the mind of a sailor it played an important role , showing where he entered the Southern Hemisphere . The fact that the Equator could not be seen ... To achieve that , sailors were ready to suffer ignominy , ridicule and pain .
Perhaps , after all , mere self - preservation could account for the superstition among sailors . The bird was so strong that tales soon were current that it had lifted up ship - wrecked sailors out of the sea and brought them to safety ...
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LibraryThing ReviewComentariu Utilizator - TheDivineOomba - LibraryThing
This is a book that was a product of its times - it has some interesting facts, but the author is of a different age - for example, he kept referring to "primitive people". Also, a few things were ... Citește recenzia completă
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A good collection of different beliefs, customs, and superstitions, with good explanations of origin and significance through the ages. I read this partly for bits of information that might make good ... Citește recenzia completă
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