Strange but True: A Historical Background to Popular Beliefs and Traditions

Crux Publishing Ltd
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 Why do we: • Christen ships and sailing vessels or refer to them as ‘she’? 
• Avoid the number thirteen, breaking mirrors or walking under ladders? 
• Use the phrase having a ‘skeleton in the cupboard’? 
• Dress baby boys in blue, speak of ‘true blue’ or ‘blue-blooded’? 
• Decorate the Christmas Tree or eat Easter Eggs? 
• Kiss under the mistletoe or 'trick or treat’ on Halloween? 

In this easy-to-read book – a revised and updated re-publication of her previous book, Curious and Curiouser! – author, lecturer and public speaker, Dr. Monica-Maria Stapelberg, shares the results of her many years of research to uncover the historical background behind numerous commonly-held beliefs and traditions. These range from general popular beliefs to the more specific and enlightening traditions of western culture. Strange but True also brings to light how many of our day-to-day words, phrases and actions are anchored in past ritual or sacrificial observances, or simply based on fearful superstitious notions. This book is a must read for a curious mind! 
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About the author

Dr. Monica-Maria Stapelberg has been employed at various universities for many years as a lecturer in history of literature, as well as medieval languages, medieval history and cultural studies. Since retiring from academia, she has had two books published, both aimed at the popular market. Monica lives on the east coast of Australia with her family.  

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Publisher
Crux Publishing Ltd
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Published on
Sep 18, 2014
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Pages
350
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ISBN
9781909979130
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Language
English
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Genres
Body, Mind & Spirit / Reference
Reference / Almanacs
Reference / Curiosities & Wonders
Religion / General
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This content is DRM protected.
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