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By Harry Oliver

Pass your hands, knock on wooden, and grab your rabbit's foot a bit tighter.

In this fascinating and eternally diverting booklet, Harry Oliver delves into the tales at the back of the traditions and superstitions that permeate our daily lives, unearthing the attention-grabbing histories of those bizarre notions. So sooner than you look for any longer four-leaf clovers, fear in regards to the subsequent Friday the thirteenth, or steer clear of strolling below any ladders, dip into this striking tome and discover:

• Why breaking a reflect brings seven years of undesirable luck.

• the simplest day of the week to invite for a favor.

• Why you need to by no means hop over a baby in Turkey.

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58.  83.  Shigaki 1983: 20 who describes this custom even in day nurseries.  89; Smith and Schooler (1978) note the emphasis on the maternal role over the conjugal role.  These figures may not be entirely representative as this private kindergarten necessarily draws on a highincome group, but the interview material seems to support the general trend, also noted by Caudill & Plath 1966: 344­66 and Befu 1971: 154­5. 36 Hara & Wagatsuma 1974: 38­9; Inoguchi 1962: 214­15; Norbeck & Devos in Hsu 1961 discussed Japanese work on the ejiko and its possible psychological effects.

According to one informant, similar books are distributed to primary school children and include spaces to record teeth­ cleaning, resolutions, holiday work, and even bowel movements.  I am indebted to Brian Powell and Graham Healey for bringing this to my attention. 58 A Brief Report on Child Welfare Services 1979: 11. 59 Hara & Wagatsuma 1974: 12­13.  For a nationally Page 46 accepted view, I have used works in Japanese such as Shiotsuki 1970 and 1971; and the Nihon Minzokugaku Jiten (Japan Folklore Dictionary) 1979.

55 Nearly all children now attend a kindergarten or day nursery before they enter school, which, although voluntary, seems to be regarded as an important part of early education.  Before the same children went home that day, she reminded them that they should change their clothes when they arrived home since the hot weather they were experiencing at that time of year made them very sweaty.  Some suggestions about how this change of heart is achieved will emerge in Chapter V. 59 It would also not be an exaggeration to say that more life cycle ceremonies are associated with the early period of childhood than with any other stage.

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