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THE MAGIC OF THE HORSE-SHOE

 

WITH OTHER FOLK-LORE NOTES

 

BY

 

ROBERT MEANS LAWRENCE, M.D.

 

BOSTON AND NEW YORK

 

HOUGHTON, MIFFLIN AND COMPANY

 

THE RIVERSIDE PRESS, CAMBRIDGE

 

1898

 

 

PREFACE

 

1. HISTORY OF THE HORSE-SHOE

II. THE HORSE-SHOE AS A SAFEGUARD

III. HORNS AND OTHER TWO-PRONGED OBJECTS

IV. THE SYMBOL OF THE OPEN HAND

V. CRESCENTS AND HALF-MOON-SHAPED AMULETS

VI. IRON AS A PROTECTIVE CHARM

VII. BLACKSMITHS CREDITED WITH SUPERNATURAL ATTRIBUTES

VIII. FIRE AS A SPIRIT-SCARING ELEMENT

IX. THE SERPENTINE SHAPE OF THE HORSE-SHOE

X. THE HORSE-SHOE ARCH IN ANCIENT CALEDONIAN HIEROGLYPHICS

XI. THE HORSE-SHOE AS A SYMBOL OF THE HORSE

XII. HORSES' HEADS AS TALISMANS

XIII. THE HORSE-SHOE AS A FAVORITE ANTI-WITCH CHARM

XIV. THE POSITION OF THE HORSE-SHOE AS A PROTECTOR OF BUILDINGS

XV. THE LUCKY HORSE-SHOE IN GENERAL

XVI. THE HORSE-SHOE AS A PHALLIC SYMBOL

XVII. THE HORSE-SHOE AS A SYMBOL ON TAVERN SIGN-BOARDS

XVIII. HORSE-SHOES ON CHURCH-DOORS

XIX. HORSE-SHOE LEGENDARY LORE

XX. RECAPITULATION OF THEORIES OF THE ORIGIN OF THE HORSE-SHOE SUPERSTITION

XXI. CONCLUSION

 

FORTUNE AND LUCK

THE FOLK-LORE OF COMMON SALT

THE OMENS OF SNEEZING

DAYS OF GOOD AND EVIL OMEN

SUPERSTITIOUS DEALINGS WITH ANIMALS

THE LUCK OF ODD NUMBERS