We've all heard them. If you step on a crack, you break your mother's back. Break the mirror and brings seven years of misfortune. Never open an umbrella in the house.
This is some of the most famous, but did you know that Mount Mizar and Arkansas Ozark filled seven & # 39; families who still believe in some strange prejudices? Prejudice, which can also be called magic thinking, is a term used to describe the cause-effect reasoning seeking correlation between the activities or utterances and certain events.
Henry Rowe Shkolkraft, the first white man who letapisvae inter & # 39; er Azarko, in his book in 1818 mentioned earlier settlers as "abtsyazharalnyya prejudices." It is impossible to prove whether they were from the ancestors, or beliefs were assimilated in close contact with Mark and Cherokee.
Schoolcraft wrote: "Of all the classes spread superstition of witchcraft and belief in the sovereign virtue of certain metals so prevalent in those periods of history, the progress of the human mind, reflecting the shame of our species, and still have their supporters.". He wrote about "a hunter who was so convinced that his rifle was fascinated, so he could not kill, and thus sold it for that price." Hunter suspects that an angry neighbor put a spell on the rifle. Another hunter's wife was convinced that her brass ring – it's an incredible tool against the court, "she was very worried before the wear ring, but since then has not been the slightest return."
Vance Randolph has been a prolific researcher and writer who combed the Ozark Mountains in the early 1920s to prejudice, the stories and songs of old, who were descendants of the first generation of the early settlers. In his book in 1947, entitled prejudices Ozark He wrote: "Hilman secret and sensitive to anything that may present an ordinary resident of the city, but it is not just his mind moves in a very drawn system of signs and symptoms and esoteric tight He has little interest in mental procedure, which contemporaries called the science and methods.. its organization and evaluation of evidence are very different from those who currently contribute to the world beyond the hills. the people of the Ozark Hill is often called the most superstitious people in America. "
Most of the old people who were interviewed Randolph, mocked the idea that they are superstitious, and then for the "gospel truth" said a strange and savage belief that they personally considered expensive. Often these "gospel truths" are in conflict with the hills, depending on the clan of people surveyed.
The lunar zodiac – a perfect example. Every resident of the Ozarks was sure that he knows when to plant spring potatoes to ensure a better yield. March 17 was the date sprabavanay, if you are not from the family & # 39; and who knew what to plant in the light of the Moon "quite right." Of course, the other seven & # 39; and mocked "their senseless prejudices" and planted every year in the dark months.
Luna control many actions of the old settler. Looking at the limbs of the trees, to stare at the moon, was one way to "top up" your brain. On the other hand, the Moon can help predict future partner. When the girl heard a dove to see the new moon at the same time, she had to repeat this poem:
"Bright month, clear moon,
Bright and true,
Lift the right leg
There will be a hair. "
Then she had to remove the right shoes, and would naturally found in her hair like that, how to write Rendalf.
Physical characteristics have a lot to do with success, according to many early settlers. And in Arkansas, and Missouri Azarks people repeat the proverb: "A man with a lot of hair on the legs is always a good educator of pigs."
Small ears should indicate a mean person. Green-eyed woman is not well suited to the culture of the early Azarko when the following verse about women eye color gives some signs:
When a woman's eyes are gray, listen to what she might say.
If a woman's eyes are black, and give her room a lot of eyes.
If a woman has brown eyes, never let own downfall.
If a woman's eyes are green, smacks her switch.
When a woman blue eyes, it will always be true to you.
Weather & # 39; e aroused great interest. Rainbow night meant a clear weather & # 39; e, but in the morning rainbow point to the storm within twenty-four hours. Hill people watched and listened to their animals and chickens, to see whether the rain. "If the rooster cry, when he goes to sleep, he would get up with a wet head."
Rain on Monday, according to some words, means that it will rain every day, more or less. Others say that if on Monday it will rain, there will be two more rainy days, but this Friday will be bright and fair. However, if on Tuesday the sun "climb" up to Friday's bound to be rain. Many of the native Azarkerav still believe that the rain during a funeral – a symbol of the eternal purpose of the deceased person. "Happy the dead that the rain falls," – he said.
Some household items and accessories have distribution properties. Eggs that are in a man's hat, all hatch roosters. If a girl pregnant mother wished she could put a pan under her mattress. Of course, she could carefully check the direction of her husband's bed, under which he may have hidden the knife, which was a symbol that looks for the boy.
Many complex and often confused prejudices held by local Azarko sometimes derided "strangers", but it did not diminish their admiration for these sincere beliefs. In fact, the Cardinal simply lit in my mailbox. If I could escape and shouted, "money come" three times before she flies away, I have to & # 39 will be money in the mail before the end of the week.