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The Bite Of The Tarantula
According to your desire I send you an account of the effect the bite of a tarantula has upon the human body. I shall only give a distinct detail of all the circumstances that I have seen, having once been instrumental at the cure of a poor plowman that was bit by that insect. I'll not undertake to give you any account of the tarantula itself, being sure you are perfectly well acquainted with it.
Cross Day At Corfu
Having received a letter from my young correspondent at Malta, after his arrival from Corfu, I send you some extracts. The 3rd of May. This day is termed Cross Day, as I was told by one of the attendants who could speak a little English. About five o'clock all the bells in Valetta and elsewhere began to make the most horrid jingling I ever heard. A procession of the priests, etc., went through the streets.
Cries Of Paris In The Thirteenth Century
As many of your readers are, like myself, fond of investigating the habits and usages of former times, not only those which more particularly partake of a public and general nature, but also those which relate to the private economy, the food, the clothing, and the everyday mode of life of our ancestors.
Royal Marriage Custom In France
May 16.—The ceremony of the nuptials of the Dauphin and Dauphiness was performed at the Chapel Royal at Versailles by the Archbishop of Rheims. After supper, the King having conducted their Highnesses to their apartment, and the benediction of the bed having been made by the Archbishop, the King delivered the shirt to the Dauphin.
Witchcraft In France
Paris, August 24.—The Tournelle condemn'd a woman of Mortagne to be hang'd, for having burnt the crown of a man's head and the soles of his feet, of which he died (see p. 30). She acted thus, being persuaded by a cunning man that he had bewitched her husband. Great interest is making to get her sentence commuted, the fact proceeding from conjugal affection.
Account Of A Singular Custom Kept Up For Many Years, And Still Prevailing In Picardy
There is still a part of the world where simple genuine virtue receives public honours; it is in a village of Picardy—a place far distant from the politeness and luxury of great cities. There an affecting ceremony, which draws tears from the spectator, a solemnity awful from its venerable antiquity and salutary influence, has been pre-served, notwithstanding the revolutions of twelve centuries.
Amusements Of The Florentines
The most remarkable, and the most expensive diversion peculiar to the Florentines, is the Principi di Calcio. Here the flower of the Florentine youth divide into two parties, distinguished by the red and green, and each party chooses a prince eminent for birth and fortune.
Funeral Customs In Holland
The Prince Stadtholder of the United Provinces has abolished one species of luxury practised in Holland, and that was the extravagant entertainments given at the interment of the dead, which are now prohibited under penalties.
Cormass Procession
When Dunkirk was under the dominion of Charles V., he found the people so turbulent and seditious that, in order to divert their attention from publick affairs, and furnish them with objects which should by turns keep them in expectation and make them busy, he invented several kinds of shows and processions which required great preparations, and were in the highest degree splendid and striking.
Christmas-Eve At Goldsberg
There are few places where Christmas-eve is kept with greater ceremonial than at Goldsberg. The most remarkable features of this celebration are said to derive their origin from a dreadful plague which befel this town in 1553. According to an ancient and now almost illegible stone monument placed against the wall of the parish church, Goldsberg was ravaged in that year by a terrible plague.
Festival Of Corpus Christi At Lisbon
The following account of the grand Catholic Festival of Corpus Christi, which was celebrated at Lisbon on Thursday, the 14th June, will be interesting to your readers, as it is allowed to be the most gorgeously absurd spectacle of the kind in Europe, and is by far the best annual show of Lisbon.
Abstract Of A Legend In A Very Scarce Book
The first Count of Barcelona had a daughter, a most accomplished lady, whom a devil had possessed. The Count sent for an hermit, called Brother John Guerin, surnamed the Holy Man, that he might expel the devil out of her. This Guerin performed ; but lest the devil again entered her fair body, the Count, by advice of the outdriven devil, left her nine days with the holy hermit.
Kossack Marriage Custom
The Kosacs have no other religion than that of the Greek Church, which they observe even to the minutest parts of the ritual. Their burials and marriages only differ from those of the Russians in certain practices which seem peculiar to them.
Original Notes Of A Traveller In Russia In 1679
Every priest is called a pope, as Pope Peter, Pope Isidore, Pope Basil. A bishop is called Metropolite, or Archimandrite, and a dean Protopope. The popes are commonly dressed in red; some, however, wear green, and several in other colours, according to their fancy. They never cut their hair, nor shave their beard.
Herta, Or The Storm-compeller
Being a great admirer of the legends and poetical fictions of the north, I have employed a good deal of my leisure time in endeavouring to express the force of some of the best in English poetry. The following is a Danish ballad, not much known, and supposed to be of some antiquity.
Anecdotes From The Latin Of M. Huet, Bishop Of Avranches
In the middle of Lake Vetter is an island in which the Swedes assert there is a cave of a wonderful depth, where a certain magician named Gilbert has been confined for many years, being bound in massy fetters by another magician, his preceptor, with whom he had dared to stand in competition.
Manners, Customs, Etc., Of The Greenlanders
Their houses, or more properly stalls, discover less ingenuity than those of many animals. They choose some elevated place to erect them, and, as if formed by instinct, they are all upon the same plan. They raise walls of sod and stone in an oblong square, about six feet high and as many wide.
Lapland Tradition Of The Origin Of The World
Their notions concerning the origin of the world are gross and confused. They pretend that at the creation God designed to have made all the trees of marrow, and to have filled the lakes with milk instead of water, and to have caused all plants whatever to have borne delicious fruits, but that Perkel (so they call the evil spirit) opposed it, and prevented things being so good as God intended them.
The Manners Of The Esquimaux Indians
They are not without some notion of religion, but it is a very limited one. They acknowledge two beings : one the author of all good, the other of all evil. The former they call Ukkemah, which appellation they give also to their chiefs ; and the latter they call Wittikah. They pay some sort of adoration to both, though it is difficult to say what.
Manners Of The Kamschatkadales
They are wholly uncivilized and uninstructed, and their manner of life is little removed from that of mere animal nature. Some of them have no fixed habitations, but wander from place to place with their herds of reindeer; others reside on the banks of rivers, and the shore of the Penschinska sea, living upon fish, sea animals, and such herbs as grow upon the shore.
Account Of The Inhabitants Of Koreki
The religion of these people is, if possible, more absurd than that of the Kamtschatkadales ; their worship is paid wholly to evil spirits, but they have no fixed seasons for performing it. Whenever they pass a river or waste which they think the devils inhabit, they kill a reindeer or a dog, the flesh of which they eat, and leave the head and tongue, sticking it on a pole.
The Kurelski Islanders
These people have an extraordinary way of punishing adultery. The husband of the adultress challenges the adulterer to single combat. When they meet, they are both stripped quite naked. Then the challenger gives the challenged a club about three feet long, and about as thick as a man's arm.
Tradition Concerning The Kings Of Ceylon, Etc.
There was formerly an holy mountain on the earth, called 'Odeagerree paroovatam,' on which two Gods descended from Chatoorm maha rajakeh devee lokun; from thence they addressed the inhabitants of the earth, warning them of a deluge of rain, which would last seven days, and desiring them consequently to be careful of their safety : they afterwards returned to Heaven.
Legend Of Palia Gadh
In our preceding pages we have noticed Captain Hodgson's discovery of the sources of the Jumna and the Ganges;* and the following curious extract from Mr. Fraser's tour to the sources of those celebrated rivers may be considered as interesting. It is a description of a deep and dark glen named Palia Gadh, which strongly reminds us of the celebrated tale of the Vampire.
On The Cremation Of Indian Widows
The revolting and horrid practice of burning annually in India above a thousand weak and deluded Hindoo widows, has justly excited in this country strong feelings of disgust, unalleviated by any well-founded hope of terminating so cruel and atrocious a custom.
The Funeral Pile
This Prince, who was eighty years old, dying, his wives and concubines, in number forty-seven, were, according to the custom of the country, to be burnt on his funeral pile. In order to this, they dug without the walls of the imperial city a large pit, which they filled with wood, ranged and piled up, as for a bonfire.
Account Of The Hindoo Ceremony Of Swinging
Together with this you will receive a lancet and two iron hooks (each fixed to a yard or more of strong Chiar rope) exactly as they were taken from the back of one of the devotee Hindoos, immediately after he had undergone the religious ceremony of SWINGING.
Barampore Religious Ceremony
If the following extract from a letter written, as will be perceived by its date, above a twelvemonth since, though but very lately received, from a young officer in the service of the Hon. East India Company, to a very near relative in this country, should appear to you, as it does to me.
Funeral Ceremonies Of The Tatars
I was present at the burial of an old woman who died in the village of Karagoss. This ceremony usually takes place about twelve hours after death. When the persons appointed to attend the funeral were assembled, the body was brought out of the house and laid upon a hurdle.
Marriage Custom Of The Abyssinians
The Abyssinians, who for the most part profess Christianity, have a custom which, as far as I can learn, is peculiar to themselves. When they marry, the father of the bride makes a present to the bridegroom of money, movables, or cattle, according to his circumstances, and the nuptials are celebrated by the relations of both parties with much festivity and mirth.
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