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

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

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Black Cats, Hoot Owls, and Water Witches: Beliefs, Superstitions, and Sayings from Texas by Kenneth W. Davis, Teel Sale

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780929398068
Publisher: University of North Texas Press
Publication date: 10/01/1989
Pages: 101
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.27(d)

About the Author

Kenneth Davis is professor of English at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.



Everett Gillis was professor emeritus and former chairman of the English Department at Texas Tech

Table of Contents

Introduction1
Field and Farm
Moon and Stars5
Weather Wisdom9
Water Witching21
Planting and Growing --Crops, Flowers, and a Goat or Two25
Worms, Frogs, Roosters, Crickets, and Other Critters31
Home and Hearth
Love, Marriage, Home and Children43
Clothing55
Health Lore61
Ears, Eyes, and Other Body Parts73
Departing This World, Or Heaven Can't Wait81
Superstitions
A Grab Bag of Superstitions91

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