Some Traditional Farming Beliefs in the light of Modern Science
Watson, Sir James Scott
Agricultural History Review, Volume 1 (1953)
I can lay claim to no competence in folklore. However, like others who have moved among farmers and dipped into the older farming literature I have, from time to time, stumbled upon a variety of traditional beliefs and have speculated about their origins and meanings. At one time most human affairs, and many phenomena that science has since clearly explained, were believed to be subject to supernatural influences; and since astrologers and fortune-tellers still continue in business today, it would be rash to suppose that even in the so-called advanced countries all traces of superstition have disappeared. In any case, there are many interesting examples of superstitious beliefs in the older literature.