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Author Eyers, Jonathan

Title Don't shoot the albatross! : nautical myths & superstitions / Jonathan Eyers
Published London : A & C Black, 2012
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Description 1 online resource (97 pages)
Summary Sailors are a notoriously superstitious lot - even if some won't admit<br/>it. Years of taking to the water, at the mercy of uncontrollable (and<br/>sometimes deadly) forces, have led even the wisest to seek ways of<br/>influencing the gods or fate. From bad omens and odd rituals to lucky<br/>tokens and forbidden words, the superstitions of the sea are legion.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Many of these superstitions have refused to go away and quite a few have entered the general public consciousness.<br/>Some are amusing in their own right, others have fascinating origins, <br/>whilst for many there are bizarre anecdotal incidents which would<br/>appear to lend credence to these arcane beliefs.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Illustrated with quirky cartoons, this book explores nautical<br/>superstitions from all over the world in an informative yet<br/>entertaining way.<br/><br/><br/><br/>Includes superstitions about: Boatbuilding, naming and launching; Lucky<br/>and unlucky dates to sail; People, things and animals not to let on<br/>board; Signs and portents at sea; Words not to say (and their<br/>alternatives); Predicting the weather; Fishing; and much, much more.<br/>
Subject Ocean -- Caricatures and cartoons
Ocean -- Mythology
Seafaring life -- Caricatures and cartoons
Seafaring life -- Mythology
Ocean -- Mythology.
Reference works.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Folklore & Mythology.
Seafaring life.
Ships & boats: general interest.
Genre/Form Caricatures and cartoons.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1408132133