Curious Customs: The Stories Behind More Than 300 Popular American Rituals

Curious Customs: The Stories Behind More Than 300 Popular American Rituals

by Tad Tuleja
     
 

Why do we eat hot dogs at ball games and popcorn at the movies? This entertaining book by the author of the successful Fabulous Fallacies tells why we Americans engage in these and other traditions. See more details below

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Why do we eat hot dogs at ball games and popcorn at the movies? This entertaining book by the author of the successful Fabulous Fallacies tells why we Americans engage in these and other traditions.

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School Library Journal - School Library Journal
YA Like the proverbial peanut, this book compels curious browsers to read one entry after another. It covers etiquette, gesture and posture, superstitions, holidays, and more in a style geared more toward readers of pop psychology than serious scholarship. However, the sources for these two- to three-paragraph entries are given in a lengthy bibliography. It may come as a surprise to discover how many of our rituals and traditions have their roots in capitalistic America's concern with money. Of particular interest to students may be the origins of such oddities as writing on bathroom walls (although a bit graphic in its wording) and the audience's lighting of matches at rock concerts in tribute to the musicians. Wedding bands are explained as symbols of female captivity with only brief mention of the circle as the symbol of eternal fidelity, and no mention is made of rings as remembrances of absent mates. Basically for the trivia buff, this book may find limited use as a research aid. Carolyn Praytor Boyd, Episcopal High School, Bellaire

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780517566534
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/13/1987
Edition description:
1st ed
Pages:
244

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