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From: "Herbert Schwarz" <>
Subject: Re: [GERMAN-BOHEMIAN] Superstitions
Date: Sun, 20 Aug 2006 17:10:53 -0400
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Hi Aida, yes the Black Cat crossing in front is one I remember. Walking
under a Ladder is an other one.. Then there were the Spiders. - Spine am
Morgen bringt Kummer und Sorgen. Spine am Mittag ,bringt glueck am dritten
Tag. Spine am abend bringt Glueck und Gaben. We had also the Christmas one,
Cutting an Apple to see if you cut one of the Seeds, if so you got lost in
the comming year. The Chimney Sweep,lucky if you saw him, especially on
Christmas Day !! Some people arranged for him to come and visit ,as the
first "Male" on Christmas morning to bring luck in the comming year.Spilling
Salt, bad luck, to compensate you had to trow some over your shoulder.
Broken mirrows, 7 years of bad luck ! Regards Herb Schwarz, Ontario,Canada
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From: "Aida Kraus" <>
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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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