Black Cats, Hoot Owls, and Water Witches: Beliefs, Superstitions, and Sayings from Texas

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Everyone worth his salt knows that a snappin’ turtle won’t let go until it thunders, but did you know that more than thirteen blackbirds on a fence with their tails to the north is a sure sign of a coming blue norther? Or that you should eat every grain of rice in your bowl or you will have a spouse who has chicken pox marks? Think of the needless human suffering the world has endured simply because no one bothered to collect the combined wisdom of the folk and to make it ...

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Overview

Everyone worth his salt knows that a snappin’ turtle won’t let go until it thunders, but did you know that more than thirteen blackbirds on a fence with their tails to the north is a sure sign of a coming blue norther? Or that you should eat every grain of rice in your bowl or you will have a spouse who has chicken pox marks? Think of the needless human suffering the world has endured simply because no one bothered to collect the combined wisdom of the folk and to make it available for quick reference!

Thanks to Kenneth W. Davis and Everett A. Gillis, those dark days are now at an end. Whether you need advice on the moon and stars; weather; water witching; planting and growing; worms, frogs, roosters, crickets and other critters; clothing; or love, marriage, home and family, it’s all here in this handy little compendium.

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A compilation of Texas folklore, superstition and culture with neither scholarly paraphernalia nor commentary. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780929398068
  • Publisher: University of North Texas Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/1989
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.27 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
Field and Farm
Moon and Stars 5
Weather Wisdom 9
Water Witching 21
Planting and Growing --Crops, Flowers, and a Goat or Two 25
Worms, Frogs, Roosters, Crickets, and Other Critters 31
Home and Hearth
Love, Marriage, Home and Children 43
Clothing 55
Health Lore 61
Ears, Eyes, and Other Body Parts 73
Departing This World, Or Heaven Can't Wait 81
Superstitions
A Grab Bag of Superstitions 91
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