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!
This investigates the origins of the customs surrounding the rituals of life and living. Why blue for boys and pink for girls? Why is a kiss written with an X? Investigates traditions and rituals that are part of our lives.