Audiobook: Current Superstitions
1 - 01 Babyhood
- Download 01 Babyhood audio
- Download 02 Childhood audio
- Download 03 Physical Characteristics audio
- Download 04 Projects audio
- Download 05 Halloween and Other Festivals audio
- Download 06 Love and Marriage audio
- Download 07 Wishes audio
- Download 08 Dreams audio
- Download 09 Luck audio
- Download 10 Money audio
- Download 11 Visitors audio
- Download 12 Cures audio
- Download 13 Warts audio
- Download 14 Weather audio
- Download 15 Moon audio
- Download 16 Sun audio
- Download 17 Death audio
- Download 18 Mortuary Customs audio
- Download 19 Misc.: Actions audio
- Download 20 Misc.: Bodily Affections and Apparel audio
- Download 21 Misc.: Customs, Days, Domestic Life and Various audio
No matter how enlightened, chances are you’ve been raised around superstitious lore of one kind or another. Fanny Dickerson Bergen was one of the original researchers of North American oral traditions relating to such key life events and experiences as babyhood and childhood, marriage, wishes and dreams, luck, warts and cures, death omens and mortuary customs, and “such truck,” as Huck Finn would say.
You’ll be surprised at how many of these old saws you’ll know. Here’s a quote from Chapter One, Babyhood:
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is sour and sad,
Thursday’s child is merry and glad,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child must work for a living;
But the child that is born on the Sabbath day
Is blithe and bonny, good and gay.
–Baldwinsville, N. Y.
All of these readings are as short as 5 minutes and no longer than 15 minutes, with plenty of pithy one-liners in the form of proverbs, always given with the locale they came from in Canada or the United States (with clear influences in British tradition).
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