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Strange Superstitions and Curious Customs of the Ancient World

Strange Superstitions and Curious Customs of the Ancient World (Paperback)

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A compilation of the oddest, most eccentric and truly bizarre customs, laws and superstitions of our forefathers. The people of Cathay demanded such a huge level of respect by children towards their parents that a specific department of state existed solely to punish those upsetting their parents in any way! People through the ages have had their own particular customs and traditions and have always looked with some amusement on those of their neighbours. These customs can evolve and change radically, and traditions which were commonplace 2,000 years ago now appear bizarre or hilarious. This book transcends eras and cultures by uniting them with the common theme of superstition and custom, proving that perhaps we are not so fundamentally different from our most ancient ancestors, no matter how sophisticated we think ourselves.

History & PoliticsHistory: specific events & topicsSocial & cultural historyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesPopular beliefs & controversial knowledgeFolklore, myths & legends Publisher: The Mercier Press Ltd Publication Date: 20/02/2006 ISBN-13: 9781856354943  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Alicia Chrysostomou was born in London to an Irish mother and a Cypriot father. She studied in Athlone RTC and then London on the subject of Polynomer Engineering. She has lived and worked in various places around the world including Hollywood and New Zealand. She has published a number of journals, has been consulted by numerous BBC series and now works as a senior lecturer in the London Metropolitan university. Matheos Chrysostomou was born in Cyprus and studied in Greece and London, qualifying as a radio and television engineer. While in London he met and married a native of Trim, Co Meath where he is now retired.

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