Fisherman: Fishermen spit on their hansel for luck in fishing.
Fishermen everywhere avoid mentioning at sea the name of a pig, hare, salmon, trout,
or dog, but go out of their way to find some other word when it is needful to indicate
either of these. (ELWORTHY, E.E., P. 313. BASSETT, P. 279). (For further superstitions,
see BASSETT, Legends and Superstitions of the Sea and Sailors, Lond., 1885).
Fish, Great: The larger portion of the treasure of the North American Indians; the smaller
portion being called Little Fish. (RIDER HAGGARD, Montezuma s Daughter).
Fits: To cure fits, go into a church at midnight, and walk three times round the communion
table. (LEAN, VOI. II., p. 996).
Five: In Japan new clothes or sandals should not be put on after 5 p.m. (GRIFFIS,
M.E., P. 472).
Flatfoot: It is a sign of low descent. Vide Instep.
Flea: A flea-bite on the hand is a precursor of good news (Silesia, Hesse, Saxony.-WUTTKE,
P. 34), or it foretells that you will be kissed. (Germany, Austria).
Fleas will never come in a bed if the beds be aired on the Thursday before Easter.
(STRACKERJAN, Vol. II, P. 111).
Fleas and bugs never infest a dying person. (LEAN, Vol. II, P. 579).
Flesh and Blood: Flesh and blood of the sacrificed were eaten and drunk by the
Aztecs, because they thought that this would make them strong and powerful (WUTTKE,
Geschichte des Heidentums, Vol. I, P. 268, etc.); or produce inspiration. (FRAZER,
G.B., vol. I, P. 133).
Flint: Ghosts cannot bear the sight of sparks from a flint. (Mark.–WUTTKE, P. 224).
Flood: St. Christopher protects from floods. Vide Frost.
Flora: The goddess of flowers and gardens, the beloved of Zephyr, and mother of
Florian: Vide Fire.
Florimel s Girdle: It would loosen itself or tear asunder if any woman unfaithful or
unchaste attempted to put it on. cf. Bahman s Knife, Canace s Mirror, Sophia s Picture,
Mantle, Grotto of Ephesus, Water of Jealousy.
Flounder: According to a Sutherland tradition, the wry mouth of a flounder arose from
making faces at the rock-cod. (CAMPBELL, Sup. Scot. High., p. 223; cf. BASSETT P.
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