FOLK LORE

or

SUPERSTITIOUS BELIEFS IN THE WEST OF SCOTLAND WITHIN THIS CENTURY.

AN APPENDIX,

SHEWING THE PROBABLE RELATION OF THE MODERN FESTIVALS OF CHRISTMAS,
MAY DAY, ST- JOHN's DAY, AND HALLOWEEN, TO ANCIENT SUN
AND FIRE WORSHIP

JAMES NAPIER, F.R.S.E., F.C.S., &c.,
Author of " Mann/acinrmg Art itt Ancient Times" '* Notes and Reminiscences of Partick" ^c.y &>€,

PAISLEY: ALEX. GARDNER.

1879. S



CONTENTS,

Preface                                                                                        v.

Introduction                                                                              29.

Birth and Childhood                                                                29.

Marriage                                                                                   43.

Death                                                                                         56.

Witchcraft, Second Sight and Black Art                               67.

Charms and Counter Charms                                                79.

Divining                                                                                    105.

Superstitions relating to Animals                                          111.

Superstitions concerning Plants                                            122.

Miscellaneous Superstitions                                                   132.

Appendix

Yule, Beltane, MidSummer and Halloween Festivals                                 145.

Yule                                                                                          145.

Beltane                                                                                     161.

MidSummer                                                                            170.

Halloween                                                                                175.


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