Stuttering: Children who are allowed to look at themselves. in the mirror before they
are a year old become stutterers. cf. Tickling.
Sty: A sty on the eye can be effectually cured by rubbing it with a wedding ring.
(STRACKERJAN, Vol. I, p. 83.)
Styx: Gr. Myth. The river which surrounded the infernal region seven times, and separated
the world of the living from the world of the dead. cf. Vaitarini.
Subeh: The Subeh of Syrian superstition is a demon “in the shape of a fabulous animal
or as a woman with coarse hair on her head, immense eyes, and long pendent
breasts.” (WESTERMARCK, The Belief in Spirits in Morocco, p. 149, quoting VON
KREMER, Studien iii-iv, 34 sq., SNOUCK HURGRONJE, ii, 123 sq.)
Succubus: In the Middle Ages this was a demon in female form; she was supposed to
have carnal intercourse with men in their sleep.
“For forty years, he (Benedict of Berne) had kept up an amatorycommerce with a succubus,
called Hermeline.” C. K. SHARPE, Law’s Memorialls, Pref., p. xx (i8i8)
cf. Incubus, Cuichi Supai, Tululu Supai.
Suckle: German Folklore. The dead mother comes back again during the night to suckle
her infant she has left behind on earth.
Suddenness: St. Martin saves from sudden deaths.
Sudicky: Bohemian Folklore. The three white women who come to a room where a
child is born and decide its future. They are the three goddesses(?) of fate.
(GROHMANN, p. 7.) cf. Fates, Norn, Parcae, Bidhatapurusha, Hathor.
Sugar: If a pregnant woman puts sugar on the window-sill, she will give birth to a baby
Sugar is put in the mouth of an infant the first time it enters the house of a stranger.
(DALYELL, Dark. Sup., p. 96; cf. E. CHAVANNES, Documents sur les Tou-Kiue (Turcs)
Occidentaux, p. 134; FRAZER, Magic Art, i, 157.)
Suhijini: Sand has been deified under this name in Japan.
Suicide: The spirits of those who have committed suicide cannot rest; they must haunt
the place where the crime was committed (East Prussia, Silesia.-WUTTKE, p. 217;
Great Britain, France, Bohemia, India, Japan.)
It is a recognized practice in Modern China for widows to commit suicide, in order to
accompany their husbands to the spirit world ; this is sometimes even performed in
public. (See DE GROOT, Religious System of China, Vol. II, Bk. I, pp. 720 sqq.)
The body of a suicide does not sink. (GREGOR, p. 208.)
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