Black Cats, Hoot Owls, and Water Witches: Beliefs, Superstitions, and Sayings from Texas

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Everyone worth his salt knows that a snappin’ turtle won’t let go until it thunders, but did you know that more than thirteen blackbirds on a fence with their tails to the north is a sure sign of a coming blue norther? Or that you should eat every grain of rice in your bowl or you will have a spouse who has chicken pox marks? Think of the needless human suffering the world has endured simply because no one bothered to collect the combined wisdom of the folk and to make it available for quick reference!

Thanks to Kenneth W. Davis and Everett A. Gillis, those dark days are now at an end. Whether you need advice on the moon and stars; weather; water witching; planting and growing; worms, frogs, roosters, crickets and other critters; clothing; or love, marriage, home and family, it’s all here in this handy little compendium.

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Folklore concerns itself with everyday life as well as the world of myth. Long before daily around-the-clock weather reports became available, a West Texas housewife knew from hard-earned experience the truth of the West Texas saying: "It's bad luck to hang your clothes out on the line if there is a bank of blue haze in the west." The bad luck is, of course, what happens to freshly washed clothes still wet on the line when a dust storm hits. However, once a saying is embedded in an oral tradition, no one expects or requires specific proof to support it, no more than in the case of the elderly farmer in Robert Frost's poem "Mending Wall," who, pressed by the speaker in the poem for a reason why there should be a wall between their properties, offered only his father's saying: "Good fences make good neighbors."

Folklore is often told in vigorous, robust, and colorful language. We delight to hear a bit of folk-say phrased both neatly and laconically: "I am as hungry as a bitch wolf with puppies"; or, "My mouth is so dry i am spitting cotton."

Ideally, folklore lives in the minds and hearts of a people; those who create it sustain it. However, to print folklore helps to ensure its survival. The folklore we present here varies. We include superstitions and sayings, weather lore, and traditional observations on animal and human life. Also included are remedies and cures, as well as proverbial wit and wisdom.

Folk sayings may vary distinctly from one region to the next, making collecting regional sayings, such as these from Texas, vital. We hope our readers have as much fun browsing through this book as we did preparing it.

-INTRODUCTION

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Kenneth Davis is professor of English at Texas Tech University in Lubbock.
Everett Gillis was professor emeritus and former chairman of the English Department at Texas Tech

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