Dr Rudy Brasch, with his wife Li by his side, made it his life's work to track down the meanings and origins of words and phrases, myths and customs. How Did It Begin? investigates courtesies and customs, the manners and rituals that are integral parts of particular careers and the seemingly odd traditions that surround our sports and festivals.… (more)
This revised edition is dedicated to the memory of its author by his ever-loving wife. It was his first book on "Origins," to be followed by many, many others.
Introduction:To explore the origin of customs and superstitions is a great adventure and its reward a goldmine of fascinating informtion.
Chapter 1: Superstitions have been with people from the earliest days and even in the scientific age of today the most enlightened are often tempted to keep them, as there might be "something in them."
Such a simple and common word as the Amen "affirms" the mystery and paradox that make up life, when modern believers in a spiritual divinity endorse their prayers by the very word that once described a pagan deity!