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Current Superstitions

Current Superstitions by Fanny Dickerson Bergen
By: (1846-1924)

No matter how enlightened, chances are you’ve been raised around superstitious lore of one kind or another. Fanny Dickerson Bergen was one of the original researchers of North American oral traditions relating to such key life events and experiences as babyhood and childhood, marriage, wishes and dreams, luck, warts and cures, death omens and mortuary customs, and “such truck,” as Huck Finn would say.

You’ll be surprised at how many of these old saws you’ll know. Here’s a quote from Chapter One, Babyhood:

Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is sour and sad,
Thursday’s child is merry and glad,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child must work for a living;
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is blithe and bonny, good and gay.
–Baldwinsville, N. Y.

All of these readings are as short as 5 minutes and no longer than 15 minutes, with plenty of pithy one-liners in the form of proverbs, always given with the locale they came from in Canada or the United States (with clear influences in British tradition).

First Page:

Transcriber's Note: A number of typographical errors and inconsistencies found in the original book have been maintained in this version. A complete list is found at the end of the text.

CURRENT SUPERSTITIONS

COLLECTED FROM THE ORAL TRADITION OF ENGLISH SPEAKING FOLK

EDITED BY FANNY D. BERGEN

WITH NOTES, AND AN INTRODUCTION BY WILLIAM WELLS NEWELL

BOSTON AND NEW YORK Published for The American Folk Lore Society by HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY LONDON: DAVID NUTT, 270, 271 STRAND LEIPZIG: OTTO HARRASSOWITZ, QUERSTRASSE, 14 1896

Four hundred and fifty copies printed, of which this is No.

Copyright, 1896, BY THE AMERICAN FOLK LORE SOCIETY.

All rights reserved.

The Riverside Press, Cambridge, Mass., U.S.A. Electrotyped and Printed by H.O. Houghton and Company.

PREFACE.

In the "Popular Science Monthly" for July, 1886, there was printed a somewhat miscellaneous assortment of customs and superstitions under the title: Animal and Plant Lore of Children ... Continue reading book >>


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