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From: "Arlette Drahos" <>
Subject: Re: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Superstitions
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2006 16:24:11 -0400
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Hi Aida:
Boy, did you bring back memories!
There are several.. We were from Germany (my parents and grandparents were)
From my grandmother:
If we combed our hair in the car, we were not allowed to toss any loose hair
out of the windows, because if a bird used it to build a nest, we would get
a headache!

From my mother...if there was a spider in house:
Spinne am Morgen....bringt Sorgen
Spinne am Abend... (can't remember what that one was or if there was one)

I know when we left the house for a trip (i.e. vacation) we could not, for
ANYTHING, return to the house. It was bad luck. We would have to go on
without whatever it was. So, we had to go through a whole ritual before
leaving - checking lights, unplugging appliances, everyone going to the
bathroom, etc. lol. To this day, I still do not like to go back even to
retrieve my forgotten cell phone...I have gone to work without it!

I don't know if this was really a superstition or if my mom was just trying
to aggravate me; but, she would always say that if I forgot what I was going
to tell her, it was a lie anyway.

I called my dad, but he says he can't remember anything (he's no help)
However, when I mentioned the above, he says "oh Yea". Stubborn old German,
he is. I'll call my sister too. She remembers different things than I do.

Let us all know what you find out: it should trigger more memories.
Thanks Aida!

----- Original Message -----
From: "Aida Kraus" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2006 3:57 PM
Subject: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Superstitions

> This time, I would like your help! Do you remember certain superstitions
> your ancestors shared with you? If you do, write them down and send them
> to me to my Email address below. It is important that they are not of any
> other origin but Bohemian, Moravian, Czech, German or Slovakian, inclusive
> the mountain regions of the Boehmerwald, Erzgebirge and
> Elbesandsteingebirge, Adlergebirge, Riesengebirge, the Tatra and others.
> There were many caves with beautiful limestone stalagmites and
> stalactites that must have left some memories, the most extensive of them
> is - of course - the Mazocha near Brünn, and there was also a whole net of
> mine shafts leading to ancient caverns in the mountains where people
> entering these places must have performed some sort of protective
> superstition.....I would like to hear about this. But I am not only
> interested in these alone, write to me what you know of your "family
> memories" even if it is just as simple as a black cat crossing the road
> (m!
> any turned around when it went from left to right because in German
> "rechts is Schlechts" (right brings bad things) or whatever you can
> remember hearing in your Bohemian families. I do not care if you
> remember the German words or the English equivalent, like "Schäflein zur
> Linken, muss Glück Dir winken" in English: "Sheep on the left (of the
> road) will bring you luck!" Let's see how much you remember!
> Send them to:
> Aida
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