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Folk Beliefs and Old Wives' Tales

by Sam Moore


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 Could the white ring around this moon be warning of rain or snow? 
Could the white ring around this moon be warning of rain or snow? Photo courtesy Wikimedia Commons user SeanMack 
 

Early American farmers (and I'm sure many others) held some strange beliefs. Many of these superstitions survived until well into the 20th century, and some may still be around today. As one old farmer said, "A lot of folks don't believe in signs, but a heap o' times the frost nips them folkses' taters." Following is a list that I've come up with.

It would be fun to hear from readers who have additional examples of old folk beliefs, or variations on the ones given here.