superstitious here's why Author:julie forsyth batchelor If you ever wondered why some people consider it unlucky to walk under a ladder, or why others throw spilled salt over their left shoulders? Do you know why we have the expression, "put your best foot forward," why three is a lucky number and thirteen unlucky? What lies behind the custom of wearing a wedding ring on the third finger of the le... more »ft hand or carrying a rabbit's foot for luck?
All these superstitions, and many more dealing with food, numbers, wishes, animals, charms, and other topics, are explained here by Mrs. Batchelor and Miss de Lys, who made a study of the subject for many years. It is fascinating to see how superstitions that we no longer believe n may still influence our way of doing things and to trace the origins- often centuries old= of many of these customs. There is much here to amuse and to instruct, and one marvels at the vitality of folk sayings and beliefs that have been handed down, in many cases, from primitive times to the present.« less