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Current Superstitions

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

Current Superstitions by Fanny Dickerson Bergen is a fascinating exploration of the various superstitions that have persisted throughout history and continue to influence our thinking today. The author delves into a wide range of superstitions, from common beliefs about Friday the 13th to more obscure customs like wearing clothes inside out to ward off bad luck.

Bergen's writing is engaging and well-researched, providing readers with a comprehensive understanding of the origins and meanings behind these superstitions. She also offers insight into how superstitions have evolved over time and why they continue to hold power over people's beliefs and behaviors.

Overall, Current Superstitions is a thought-provoking read that sheds light on the enduring influence of superstition in our society. Whether you're a skeptic or a firm believer in superstitions, this book is sure to spark your curiosity and leave you with a deeper appreciation for the mysterious ways in which human beings navigate the unknown.

Book Description:

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).

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