Sisyphus: Gr. Myth. Son of Eolus, king of Corynthia. He is famous for his brigandages
and his cruelties. After his death he was condemned to roll a huge stone up a mountain
in Hell. No sooner is this stone taken up to the summit, than it rolls down again.
Sita: Hind. Myth. Wife of Rama whom she accompanied on his exile. She was stolen
by the giant-king, Ravana, and, after a bloody war, was rescued by Rama. Vide Rama,
Siva: Hind. Myth. One of the gods of the Supreme Triad. He represents the reproductive
and restoring power. He is a god of arts, especially dancing. He had a variety of
names which, according to some authors, numbered more than one thousand.
Si Wang Mu: Chin. Myth. A fabulous being of the female sex dwelling upon Mt. Kwenlun
at the head of the troops of the genii, and holding from time to time intercourse with
favoured imperial votaries. (MAYERS, Chin. Read. Man., p. 191.)
Skadi, Skathi: Norse Myth. A goddess of Finnish origin, wife of Njorth. Vide Loki.
Skogsfruar: "Wood-nymphs"; forest-spirits of Swedish folklore.
Skrimsl: "Monster"; a water-spirit in Iceland.
Skrzatek: Polish Folklore. A winged creature which supplies corn, and flying about in
the vicinity of houses, steals children.
Skuld: "Shall-be." One of the three Norns of Scandinavian mythology. She is the same
as the Greek Atropos. According to the Edda, she was a water-nymph. (THORPE,
N.M., Vol. II, p. 13.)
Skull: A skull which is said to give forth piercing screams on being removed from its
usual resting place, is believed to be preserved in a farm-house in Cornwall. (F. MARION
CRAWFORD, Uncanny Tales; Cf. P. SEBILLOT, Contes et legendes du Pays du
Gouarec in Revue de Bretagne, de Vend e et d’Anjou, XVIII, p. 60 sq.; LE BRAZ, Vol.
I, p. 332.) There is such a skull at Chilton Cantelo in Somerset. (Somerset Year Book,
The Jivaros and Tibolo Indians of Equador pound up and eat the skull and brains of
human beings "so that the knowledge of the dead person may be added to their own."
(MITCHELL-HEDGES, in Cassell’s Magazine, No. 168, March, 1926, p. 34.)
Sky: The Muhammedans believe that the sky receives its blue tint from the reflection of
the stone Sakhrat (q.v.).
Slamming: The German peasantry consider it a wrong thing to slam a door, because of
the possibility of "pinching" a soul in it. (WUTTKE.) Vide Door.
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