Elza Fentress

Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Gordon Wilson, E.A. More, Lee Jones

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


For this collection of odd beliefs to serve as an amusement to the curious is not the purpose of this treatment of superstitions. The end sought is not humor or satire. It is not the intention of the author to cast a reflection in any form upon persons who are inclined to be superstitious. A belief in superstitions is by far more widespread than most people would suspect. Is it not true that superstitions swayed the minds of people in earlier centuries? Are we not descendants of these people? We hear many of their songs; their laws were the forerunners of our own. Tradition has handed down to us many of their customs, and they are not to be erased from memory over night. It is difficult to say when a practice or belief is quite dead and gone. Many are apparently destroyed at times, but in later years they reappear. Those that have been lingering in forgotten corners suddenly rise up and become popular. It will be remembered that the traditional cock fighting at Easter, supposed to have been suppressed long ago, has been found popular within the past decade, not only in this country but in others as well.


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