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Superstitions of Auvergne: Part 2

“In Auvergne, too, you will find again the homely farms, with great hearths and cupboard-beds…the strange superstitions and beliefs; the markets, the picturesque processions and dances, the music, the songs, the stories.” -Frances M. Gostling  This is the second part of our abridged version of Antoinette Bon’s list of Auvergne superstitions: If one on his way […]

Superstitions of Auvergne: Part 1

“All nations have their omens drear,  Their legends wild of woe and fear…” -Sir Walter Scott (1808) An interesting list of Auvergnat folk traditions was collected in the nineteenth century by the French folklorist and writer Antoinette Bon.  The English version, translated by Mary Osborn, first appeared in 1890. I have abridged the list slightly, […]