maiden noted for her splendid hair. The goddess Minerva being enraged with her,
changed her hair into snakes, and endowed her with the terrible power of changing
anyone into stone who looked at her. She was slain by Perseus who succeeded in cutting
off her head while looking at its reflection in the shield. From her blood sprang
Chrysaor and Pegasus.
Megaera: Gr. Myth. One of the three Furies.
Meleager: Gr. Myth. Son of Althea, Queen of Calydon. He was one of the Argonauts,
and he slew the wila boar of Calydon. After the Calydonian hunt, he slew his uncles.
Althea, enraged at this, thrust the brand into the fire, as it was foretold at his birth that
his life would last no longer than this brand, and thus killed him. Meleager was in love
with Atlanta. Vide Amber.
Meleagrides: Gr. Myth. The sisters of Meleager, who were turned into guinea-hens.
Melicertes: Gr. Myth. Son of mo. After he was thrown into the sea by his mother, he
became the sea-god Palaemon.
Melon: In Turkestan the "throat" of a melon must be cut before it is fit to eat. (Because
the Qor’an says, it is unlawful to eat an animal before its throat is cut). (SCHUYLER,
Vol. II, p. 29)
Melons planted on Ascension Day grow well (North Germany, WUTTKE, p. 21).
Melpomene: Gr. Myth. The Muse of Tragedy.
M lusine: According to a French legend M lusine, a fairy, was the ancestress of many
noble families. She appears occassionally to give them warning of some approaching
catastrophe. (HARTLAND, Science of Fairy Tales).
". . . f e que les romans de chevalerie et les l gendes du Poitou repr sentent comme
l’aIeule et la protectrice de la maison de Lusignan."–Petit Larousse illustr , p. 1456. cf.
White Lady, Death Warnings.
Meluzina: Bohemian Folk-lore. The spirit of the winds.
Memory: If you want to commit anything to memory, put the hook containing the passage
under the pillow before going to sleep. (Silesia, Hesse, Tyrol-WUTTKE, p. 186;
Denmark, ANDERSEN, Fairy Tales (Little Tuk).
Menstruation: According to the Talmud, if a woman at the beginning of her period passes
between two men, she thereby kills one of them; if she passes between them
towards the end of her period, she only causes them to quarrel violently. (J. BEIGEL,
Die Medizin der Talmudisten, Leipzig and Berlin, 1885, p. 1593).
In Syria, a woman who has her courses may neither salt nor pickle, for the people think
that whatever she salted or pickled would not keep. (FRAZER, G.B., Vol III, p. 225,
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