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1) superstition. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...The validity of superstitions is based on belief in the power of magic and witchcraft and in such invisible forces as spirits and demons. A common superstition in...

2) amulet. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...The use of the amulet to avert danger and to dispel evil has been known in different religions and among diverse peoples. Like the talisman and the charm, the amulet...

3) evil eye. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...Sicilian and Mesoamerican superstition, although it is known in other cultures. According to the Native American version, a person who stares fixedly at a pregnant...

4) prospecting. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...Modern prospecting has replaced earlier methods based on chance or superstition (e.g., use of the divining rod) with others based on a scientific knowledge of modern...

5) mandrake. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...Solanaceae (nightshade family), the source of a narcotic much used during the Middle Ages as a pain-killer and perhaps the subject of more superstition than any other...

6) Hand, Wayland Debs. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...Wayland Debs, 1907-86, folklorist, b. Auckland, New Zealand. Hand wrote Popular Beliefs and Superstitions from North Carolina (1964), which is ranked among the finest...

7) headdress. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...Its style is governed in general by climate, available materials, religion or superstition, and the dictates of fashion. The most primitive form consisted of varied...

8) parapsychology. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...The organized, scientific investigation of paranormal phenomena began with the foundation (1882) of the Society for Psychical Research in London. Such early efforts...

9) Fontenelle, Bernard le Bovier de. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...French writer; nephew of Corneille. His forte was the interpretation of science. His works include Dialogues des morts (1683), observations on man; Histoire des oracles...

10) raven. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001
...Corvidae (crow family), ranging throughout the arctic and temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere. The raven, Corvus corax, is a glossy black scavenging bird...

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