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The Study of the origin and history of popular customs and beliefs affords an insight, otherwise unattainable, into the operations of the human mind in early times. Superstitions, however trivial in themselves, are now considered proper subjects for scientific research. While the ignorant savage is a slave to many superstitious fancies which dominate his every action, the educated man strives to be free from such a bondage, yet recognizes as profitable the study of those same beliefs.
This book, treating of popular beliefs, is intended for popular reading. It has been the writer’s aim to make the chapter on the Horse-Shoe as exhaustive as possible, as this attractive symbol of superstition does not appear to have received hitherto the attention which it merits.
The book incorporates six smaller works on –
FORTUNE AND LUCK;
THE FOLK-LORE OR COMMON SALT;
THE OMENS OF SNEEZING;
DAYS OF GOOD AND EVIL OMEN;
SUPERSTITIOUS DEALINGS WITH ANIMALS;
THE LUCK OF ODD NUMBERS