Dictionary of Omens and Superstitions by Philippa Waring

By Philippa Waring

Initially released in 1978, this dictionary lines the possible origins of superstitions from around the world, discussing the symbolic context within which they nonetheless continue to exist and suggesting how they could support make the most sturdy success and keep away from the undesirable.

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Joseph: Do you still do any of that? John: No, I quit. Mary: He won't even upholster any of our furniture. [Laughs] Isn't that awful? Yeah, well, when he got through, he just didn't want to do it any more. Page 21 John: Where would I do it? In there? In the garage? Tacks would be falling on the floor and them tires would pick them up. Some of them tacks is pretty long. Fixing flats from now on 'til Doomsday. And I don't believe in staple guns! Joseph: Have you ever heard of the Orange Show? John: The Orange Show might be pretty nice, but you takewhy, I wouldn't go around the block to see my place here!

Today, the original gaudy colors of the Cadillacs have been faded by the unrelenting sun and have been blasted by the blowing sand. And through the years the curious have stopped, climbed the fence, walked the few hundred yards to the line of cars Page 28 (probably to see if it really is true), and left their graffiti scratched through the remaining paint. So, the Cadillacs are now more than something to viewthey are something to read. Marsh may have done, or thought of doing, things more bizarre and more costly, but it is the Cadillacs that will live on.

A few vineleaf bowls are festooned with goat heads in the vines. Goat heads are common symbols for lechery and Dionysus, from the drunken revelry associated with wine. But tragedy, meaning goatsong, was also dedicated, always, to Dionysus. Bowls with fruit or nuts were sacred to or symbolic of Demeter, or Ceres, the food goddess. An odd and usually unrecognized modern variant is the so-called Thanksgiving Loaf of Demeter, more commonly known as the fruitcake. Bowls with flowers only were for Flora, also a Roman goddess.

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