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A Dictionary of English folklore. . 2014.

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  • seafaring customs and beliefs —    Two deep sea customs have been reported on a regular basis and are thus well known. The first is usually called burying the dead horse but in the following account, written by an emigrant on the Northumberland in 1874, it is burning :    We… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • foliate heads —    An ornamental motif common in sculpture and woodcarvings in churches from the Norman and Gothic periods is a male head with leafy sprays growing from its mouth and/or eyes, or partially covered by leaves, like a man peering out from a bush.… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • number 666 —    Among the prophecies in the Book of Revelations (Apocalypse) is one about a Great Beast who will rule the earth and mark his followers on the brow or hand with the number of his name , which is 666. Commentators soon dubbed this figure the… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Tooth Fairy —    When a child loses one of its milk *teeth, this is put in a safe place (usually under the child s pillow, but sometimes in an egg cup or under a carpet), and the child is told that *fairies will take it in the night, and leave a coin instead… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Folklore Society —    The Folk Lore Society was founded in January 1878 (it kept the hyphen till 1968), and was thus the first society in the world devoted to the subject. There had been protracted correspondence in *N&Q in 1876 7, initiated by Eliza *Gutch ( St… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • ears —    The idea that your ear or cheek burning or itching is a sign that someone is talking about you is still generally known, if not actually believed. The belief is of considerable age, being included by Pliny (Natural History, (ad 77), xxviii).… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Folklore Society — The Folklore Society was founded in England in 1878 to study traditional vernacular culture, including traditional music, song, dance and drama, narrative, arts and crafts, customs and belief.The society publishes a quarterly journal Folklore ,… …   Wikipedia

  • Arbor Day —    Until 1995, a large black poplar tree standing in the centre of the village of Aston on Clun in Shropshire was permanently decorated with flags suspended from its branches. In that year the old tree died, and since a young one grown from its… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • Baddeley cake —    When Robert Baddeley, former chef turned actor, died in 1794, he left Ј100 for the annual provision of wine and a *Twelfth Night cake to be shared by the current company at the Theatre Royal, Drury    Lane, London. The custom still continues,… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • baptism —    Also called christening, this is for most denominations an essential act; many theologians taught that infants dying *unbaptized could never enter Heaven a doctrine reflected in the unwillingness to give them proper burial. In popular belief… …   A Dictionary of English folklore