The Magic of the Horse-shoe
With other folk-lore notes
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The Magic of the Horse-shoe With other folk-lore notes

By Robert Means Lawrence
Free
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Table of Contents
  • THE MAGIC OF THE HORSE-SHOE
  • PREFACE
  • CONTENTS
  • THE MAGIC OF THE HORSE-SHOE
    • I. HISTORY OF THE HORSE-SHOE
    • II. THE HORSE-SHOE AS A SAFEGUARD
    • III. HORNS AND OTHER TWO-PRONGED OBJECTS
    • IV. THE SYMBOL OF THE OPEN HAND
    • V. CRESCENTS AND HALF-MOON-SHAPED AMULETS
    • VI. IRON AS A PROTECTIVE CHARM
    • VII. BLACKSMITHS CREDITED WITH SUPERNATURAL ATTRIBUTES
    • VIII. FIRE AS A SPIRIT-SCARING ELEMENT
    • IX. THE SERPENTINE SHAPE OF THE HORSE-SHOE
    • X. THE HORSE-SHOE ARCH IN ANCIENT CALEDONIAN HIEROGLYPHICS
    • XI. THE HORSE-SHOE AS A SYMBOL OF THE HORSE
    • XII. HORSES’ HEADS AS TALISMANS
    • XIII. THE HORSE-SHOE AS A FAVORITE ANTI-WITCH CHARM
    • XIV. THE POSITION OF THE HORSE-SHOE AS A PROTECTOR OF BUILDINGS
    • XV. THE LUCKY HORSE-SHOE IN GENERAL
    • XVI. THE HORSE-SHOE AS A PHALLIC SYMBOL
    • XVII. THE HORSE-SHOE AS A SYMBOL ON TAVERN SIGN-BOARDS
    • XVIII. HORSE-SHOES ON CHURCH-DOORS
    • XIX. HORSE-SHOE LEGENDARY LORE
    • XX. RECAPITULATION OF THEORIES OF THE ORIGIN OF THE HORSE-SHOE SUPERSTITION
    • XXI. CONCLUSION
  • FORTUNE AND LUCK
    • I. TYCHE, THE GRECIAN GODDESS OF GOOD LUCK
    • II. THE ROMAN GODDESS FORTUNA
    • III. THE CHARACTER OF FORTUNE
    • IV. TEMPLES OF FORTUNE
    • V. LUCK, ANCIENT AND MODERN
  • THE FOLK-LORE OF COMMON SALT[252]
    • I. ORIGIN AND HISTORY
    • II. SALT UNCONGENIAL TO WITCHES AND DEVILS
    • III. THE LATIN WORD “SAL”
    • IV. SALT EMPLOYED TO CONFIRM AN OATH
    • V. SALT-SPILLING AS AN OMEN
    • VI. HELPING TO SALT AT TABLE
    • VII. SALT AS A PROTECTION TO YOUNG INFANTS
    • VIII. SALT AS A MAGICAL SUBSTANCE
    • IX. MISCELLANEOUS REMARKS ON SALT
    • X. THE SALT-CELLAR
  • THE OMENS OF SNEEZING
    • I. IN ANCIENT TIMES
    • II. MEDIÆVAL BELIEFS ABOUT SNEEZING
    • III. MODERN SUPERSTITIONS ABOUT SNEEZING
    • IV. THE DOCTRINE OF DEMONIACAL POSSESSION
    • V. SALUTATION AFTER SNEEZING
    • VI. LEGENDS RELATING TO SNEEZING
  • DAYS OF GOOD AND EVIL OMEN
    • I. EGYPTIAN DAYS
    • II. ROMAN SUPERSTITION CONCERNING DAYS
    • III. MEDIÆVAL BELIEF IN DAY-FATALITY
    • IV. PREVALENCE OF SIMILAR BELIEFS IN MODERN TIMES
    • V. THE SIXTH DAY OF THE WEEK
    • VI. FRIDAY IN MODERN TIMES
  • SUPERSTITIOUS DEALINGS WITH ANIMALS
    • I. RATS AND MICE AS AVENGERS
    • II. SPIRITS ASSUME THE FORMS OF BLACK ANIMALS
    • III. EXORCISM AND CONJURATION OF VERMIN
    • IV. CHARMS AGAINST ANIMALS
    • V. IMAGES OF ANIMALS AND BIRDS USED AS CHARMS
    • VI. WORDS USED AS CHARMS
    • VII. SUPERSTITIOUS DEALINGS WITH WILD ANIMALS
    • VIII. LEGAL PROSECUTION OF ANIMALS
  • THE LUCK OF ODD NUMBERS
    • I. EARLY SIGNIFICANCE OF NUMBERS
    • II. THE NUMBER THREE
    • III. THE NUMBER SEVEN
    • IV. ODD NUMBERS IN WITCHCRAFT
    • V. ODD NUMBERS IN FOLK-MEDICINE
    • VI. THE NUMBER THIRTEEN
  • FOOTNOTES
  • TOPICAL INDEX
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