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From: "Aida Kraus" <>
Subject: Re: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Superstitions
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2006 13:58:37 -0700
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Spinne am Abend... bringt Glück und Gaben (Spider in the evening brings
good luck!!)
Thanks a bunch Arlette!
Yes indeed, you never go back into the house before leaving EVER!!!
I am delighted to see how much has survived the centuries. --- Keep'em


----- Original Message -----
From: "Arlette Drahos" <>
To: <>
Sent: Sunday, August 20, 2006 1:24 PM
Subject: Re: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Superstitions

> 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!
> Arlette
> ----- 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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