Black Cats and Evil Eyes by Chloe Rhodes

By Chloe Rhodes

This assortment investigates the origins of our so much exciting out of date superstitions, a lot of which we nonetheless locate ourselves abiding by means of this day. countless numbers of the ideals handed down in the course of the generations have their foundations in our ancestors' efforts to chase away evil, which they blamed for hassle, affliction and injustice in instances while lifestyles used to be, as frequently as no longer, 'nasty, brutish and short'. Black Cats and Evil Eyes units those superstitions of their historic and social context, explaining how worry of the satan, demons, evil spirits and witchcraft drove humans to arm themselves with rituals and talismans to repel darkish forces and make allowance them to dwell lengthy and fit lives. In interpreting lots of our universal superstitions, this publication illuminates the customs, ideals and practices that hyperlink us to an old, and sometimes darker, human prior.

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