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Beliefs and superstitions of the Pennsylvania Germans

Beliefs and superstitions of the Pennsylvania Germans

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Published by Americana Germanica Press in Philadelphia .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Folklore -- Pennsylvania.,
  • Pennsylvania Dutch -- Folklore.,
  • Superstition.,
  • Pennsylvania German dialect.

  • Edition Notes

    Statementby Edwin Miller Fogel.
    GenreFolklore.
    SeriesAmericana Germanica -- no. 18
    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsMicrofilm 76861
    The Physical Object
    FormatMicroform
    Paginationiv, 387 p.
    Number of Pages387
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL23721594M
    LC Control Numbernuc87486168
    OCLC/WorldCa26663372

    A battle's winner depends on whether chickens will eat cake. You may be a picky eater, but in Germany you will always have a lot of choices on what to eat and drink. There are a lot of stereotypes about Germans, as that they drink a lot of beer which is truethey are hardworking and punctual which is also trueand that the rate of unemployment in Germany is very low true again. Then, to say thank you when the favor was granted, a person would knock lightly again on the same tree. Unless you come from a family of supreme rationalists, you'll have at least heard of old beliefs — bad luck comes in threes, black cats shouldn't cross your path, don't cross under a ladder, put a cross in bread to make sure you let the devil out — even if you don't practice them. And if it makes you feel better, you can rub your good luck charm before you begin.

    And while some superstitions may be just for fun, others might affect you enough to influence the choices you make. There is a high regard for engineers in German, as evidenced by the country's success in the automotive industry. In the countryside there are strong Dutch and German communities. A section on sex that was originally available only to readers who requested it "for purely scientific use" has been included as an appendix to the Metalmark edition. The ashes of a redhead will guarantee you a good harvest. Many Pennsylvania Germans are thoroughly assimilatedthough they may retain elements of their traditional culture such as special cookery e.

    It has therefore been deemed advisable to adopt a simpler phonetic notation in reproducing the vernacular than might other wise have been permissible. After the immigrants were mostly members of the larger Lutheran and Reformed churches. Both men and women wear dark simple suits and shirts in business context. Surprisingly, witches were a long-standing European belief for centuries before witch trials began anywhere. Somebody has lost it, and the other one who found it took care to hang it on the tree. Tossing Spilled Salt Over Your Shoulder: Good Luck For most of human history, salt has been very valuable; in some places and times, it was worth its weight in gold.


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Beliefs and superstitions of the Pennsylvania Germans book

While the country's big beer bash is called "Oktoberfest," its starts each year on a Saturday in September and ends 16 to 18 days later, on the first Sunday in October. It should be emphasized that the contents of the present volume are to-be regarded as a serious attempt at putting into permanent form a phase of folk-life which will soon disappear into the background and thus be irretrievably lost.

Germany also has many opera houses, which also serve as a tourist attraction for foreign visitors. Take this quiz to find out where you fall on the superstitious scale. If you find one of these good-luck charms, pick it up with your right hand, spit on one end, make a wish and toss it over your left shoulder.

Irreligion in Germany is more prevalent in the eastern regions than in the western parts of the country. You can divert illness by saying it happened to somebody else. The shape of an open ladder is a triangle, which signifies life in some mythologies.

This explains why many dowsers appear to be successful," is their opinion on the matter. A haruspex warned Caesar about the Ides Of March; you ignored these people at your peril. If they didn't kick you first, which frankly I think is fair enough. In general, eye-contact is considered to be very important in Germany.

Business culture The desire for orderliness spills over into the business life of Germans. This work displays a panorama of beliefs reflecting every aspect of Pennsylvania German life, from superstitions about childbirth and babies such as "A child born on Sunday will become saucy" to concerns over marriage, farming, religion, medicine, and death.

Brewers used the yeast available in the air.

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Borisov Shutterstock The arts Culture doesn't just refer to how people interact and look. They lost the battle. The general in charge, Claudius Pulcher, was reportedly infuriated when the chicken wouldn't eat, and threw it overboard, saying that if it didn't eat, "it could drink instead".

Time, therefore, is managed carefully, and calendars, schedules and agendas must be respected. Finding details about the future in natural phenomena was a pretty standard part of many ancient civilizations, as was throwing bones or sticks to "read" what they said.Internet Archive BookReader Beliefs and superstitions of the Pennsylvania Germans.

Oct 27,  · Superstitions: beliefs or notions not based on reason or knowledge in or of the ominous significance of a particular thing, circumstance, occurrence, proceeding, or the like.

Many of the common superstitions we recognize today--walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, opening an umbrella indoors--originated well before Washington’s sylvaindez.comees: Author's Note: 10 Wacky Birthday Superstitions.

After more than eight years as a writer, this was one of my most difficult articles to research. That definitely surprised me, as it seems like such a simple topic.

The truth is, beyond blowing out the candles and making a silent wish, I knew of very few birthday sylvaindez.com: Bambi Turner.

The authors of the present volume have found almost 4, superstitions in Kentucky. As Pennsylvania Germans and Kentuckians are in general probably much more conservative than the average of Americans, inherited beliefs doubtless persist with exceptional strength among them; yet superstitions, it may safely be said, have disappeared entirely.

The observance of Groundhog Day in the United States first occurred in German communities in Pennsylvania, according to known records.

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The earliest mention of Groundhog Day is an entry on February 2,in the diary of James L. Morris of Morgantown, in Pennsylvania Dutch Country, according to the book on the subject by Don sylvaindez.com: 2nd February.

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