Slaughter: If you pity the animals that are being slaughtered, it will prolong their death
agony. (Silesia, Wetterau.-WUTTKE, p. 138.)
Sleep: If a girl falls asleep at work, she will marry a widower. (Hanover.-WUTTKE, p.
Sleeplessness: Insomnia can be cured by leaving the shoes with the toes pointing
towards the bed. (Mark, Silesia.–WUTTKE, p. 136.)
Slippers: If you wish to forget something unpleasant, throw a slipper over your left
shoulder. (STRACKERJAN, Vol. I, p. 96; Vol. II, p. 139.)
If you leave your slippers lying on their "uppers," you are sure to have a quarrel.
In Cornwall, a slipper with the point turned up placed near the bed cures cramp.
(HUNT, Pop. Rem., p. 409.) cf. Shoes.
Small-pox: During a smallpox epidemic, the Japs put a notice outside their houses to
the effect that the children are absent. This is supposed to keep out the disease.
(GRIFFIS, M.E., p. 468.)
Fried mouse cures smallpox.
St. Martin of Tours, or, in extreme cases, Obla Bibi (India), may be tried by those
objecting to vaccination.
The Chinese make their children hideous on the last night of the year with paper
masks, so that the smallpox demon may pass them by. (DOOLITTLE, Vol. II, p. 316.)
Smell: If you imagine you can smell flowers, it is a sign of death (Great Britain), or the
presence of snakes in the house (India).
Smile: A corpse with a smile on its lips, forebodes another death in the family. cf. Eye.
Smok: A flying dragon which appears in the folklore of all Slavic nations.
Smrtnice: Bohemian Folklore. A woman, haggard and dressed in white, who walks
beneath the windows of a house in which someone is dying. If she sits down at the
head of the bed, all hopes of recovery are lost; but if at the foot, the invalid may recover.
cf. Banshee, Bodachun Dun, Corpse Candles, Aderyn y Corph, Edgewell Oak,
Death Warnings, Habergeis, Boaloshtsh, Ahnfrau.
Snake: In some parts of the world, snakes are not killed because they are the living
homes of some "hapless souls."
Snakes are said to be the ancestors of some families (India). [A trace of totemism?]
Snakes smell of flowers. (HAGGARD, When the World Shook, Cassell’s Pop. Ed., p.
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