It has to be a hind left foot; must have been captured or killed in a cemetery at full moon, sometimes new, on a Friday; by a man with a certain attributes.Among negroes in the southern American states, the left hind foot of a rabbit caught jumping over a grave in the dark of the moon by a red-haired and cross-eyed Negro was treasured as a charm.The ‘storm-petrel’ refers to their inclination of hiding in the lee of ships during storms. Despite their seeming anonymity they may have an enchanting connection with one of our most enduring fairy tales. The custom is found in the Polama archipelago of Guinea Bissau.Early sailors saw this as a harbinger or storm warning and named them Mother Carey’s Chickens – a name based on a corruption of Mata Cara a name of the Virgin Mary. They were collected by Admiral Monro of HMS Penguin from the Solomon Islands, Polynesia, in 1895. In South America the Guajaro tribes of Colombia and the Caribbean coast of Venezuela are matrifocal, and their children are raised by the mother’s brothers (avunculism).Columbus called the islanders of the north the Taino after the Arawakan word for ‘friendly people’, differentiating them from the hostile Carib from the mainland South American populations. As a superstition these talismans are one of the oldest in the world – known from around 600 BC amongst British Celtic tribes – and across Europe, China, Africa, and north and south America.
The foot needs a number of constraints to be effective.
Of all the seabirds storm-petrels are the smallest and, so strictly pelagic are they, only come to land to breed. This is due to the husband joining the wife’s family, rather than the wife moving to the husband’s village, clan or tribe.
The name ‘petrel’ is a diminutive of ‘Peter’ and a reference to the saint because the birds sometimes appear to walk on water – which they do in a series of leaps. Artificial Lighting Prior to 1800 and its Social Effects. July 16In the Pitt Rivers Museum, Oxford, tucked in one corner of Case 143a sits a box containing four mahogany coloured beans (19). Existing matrifocal cultures include the matrilineal Bunts of Mangalore, the Udupi in South India, and the system is common in Kerala but now rarely practised. Semi-matriarchal customs still exist in the Western Sahara.
Sadly the demise of the insular Arawak left us only some of their words which have been incorporated into our language – potato (batata), hurricane (juracan), canoe (Kanoa), hammock (hamaca), barbecue (barbacoa), and tobacco (tabaco). Rabbits, and hares, were sacred to the ancient Celts.
They left their effigies, some of which are women giving birth, and rock art the length of the Caribbean. Indeed, Irish fairies derived from the Tuatha de Danaan, or Little People, who also like rabbits abode underground.
The Greater Antilles are Cuba, Jamaica, Hispanioloa – Haiti and the Dominican republic -. It was purchased by Beatrice Blackwood from Woolworth’s, Cornmarket, Oxford, on December 11, 1942.