(East Prussia.-WUTTKE, p. 21.)
Stag: Stags draw serpents from their holes by their breath, and then trample them to
A wound from a stag’s horn never heals.
A stag’s horn gives warning of the evil eye and is a safeguard against its malignant
Stair: To pass another on the stairs is unlucky.
If while coming down the stairs you fall down, it forebodes some misfortune; but if you
stumble while going up, it promises a wedding.
Star: The Esthonians believe that if anyone sees a failing star on New Year’s night, he
will die or be visited by some serious illness that year. (BOECLER-KREUTZWALD, p.
73; FRAZER, G.B2., Vol. II, p. 22.)
If you point to a star, your finger will get fixed in that position. (STRACKERJAN, Vol. 1,
If a shooting star takes a direction towards some particular house, it is a sign that
someone will die therein (STRACKERJAN, Vol. I, p. 23: ELWORTHY, E.E., p. 424.)
A shooting star denotes the birth of a child (Great Britain, India; cf. W. ELLIS,
Polynesian Researches2; iii, 171.)
The Moors say that shooting stars are missiles hurled by God at evil spirits to make
them desist from trying to reach heaven. (MEAKIN, The Moors, p. 353 : LANE, Mod.
Egypt., Ch. X; C. VELTEN, Sitten u. Gebr uche der Suaheli, p. 339 sq.)
When you see the first star, wish for something and say
"Star light, star bright,
First star I see to-night,
I wish I may, I wish I might
Have the wish I wish to-night"
and your wish will come to pass provided of course, that you do not divulge it to anyone.
(Eastern Massachusetts.-BERGEN, C.S., p. 69.)
When you see a shooting star, the wish you form before its disappearance will be fulfilled.
(LEAN, Vol. II, p. 280.)
In Ruthenia a shooting star is looked upon as the track of an angel flying to receive a
departed spirit, or of a righteous soul going up to heaven. In the latter case, if a wish
be uttered at the moment the star shoots by, it will go straight up with the rejoicing spirit
to the throne of God. So when a star falls the Servians say: "Someone’s light has gone
out," meaning someone is dead. (RALSTON, Songs of the Russian People, p. 116.)
"It is then (6th century B.C.) that we find stars worshipped in particular cities and that
the twelve signs of the Zodiac were believed to control the destinies of states.
Particular stars or groups of stars were worshipped in the supposed causes of fires and
In 540 B.C. there is a more detailed account of the same worship in the Tso chwen,
and at the same time, in Kwo Y , we find abundant proof that the Chinese then
believed that the various baronies of China were all controlled by particular stars" (
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