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Dictionary of Superstitions Hardcover – March, 1996
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As for the definition of BELT, which references to the marriage to a coloured man and caused a certain amount of discomfort of reviewers on here, yes, it's a term that is dated now but the cover sleeve of the hardback does say, and I quote: "The Cassell Dictionary of Superstitions provides a fascinating overview of an astonishing diverse range of popularity held fears and beliefs. Many are still familiar and widespread. Others now belong firmly to the past, but are intriguing nonetheless for the insights they offer into human preoccupations and taboos." The operative words being "others now belong firmly to the past" and mean they are not NEW superstitions. I believe the wording was kept in the original format to preserve the history of these superstitions.
By the way, the word OMEN, which also appears in the definition of BELT, does not always mean negative, it is a phenomenon supposed to portend (predition of) good or evil. You get to pick depending on the intention!
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I had first ran across this book in 1998 while hanging out with some friends. I have searched for it every since then. Read morePublished 21 months ago by kellyj andrews
This is an incredibly informative and fun book.. People are always interested in this kind of information. Read morePublished on December 29, 2013 by Amazon Customer
This book covers every superstition in the alphabet. You will learn the meaning behind birthstones, weather related superstitions and even those for the internet age.Published on October 11, 2013 by Ricky Kimsey
Indexing and cross-referencing on the Kindle book is difficult. You would do better with the physical book to look subjects up.Published on June 18, 2013 by Jerry
The shipping was very fast. The book is great. The book has all the information I would need. Anytime I have a word or a spell I'm not sure about; BAM, there it is! Read morePublished on May 4, 2013 by Jake Sipple