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Scottish Customs (1997 HC) Sheila Livingstone

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Sheila Livingstone, Scottish Customs, New York, Barnes & Noble, 1997. Gray paper boards and black cloth spinie with red lettering, small 8vo (20 cm), x, 150 pp with index; glossy illustrated dustjacket. Livingstone uses examples and quotes to explain "those enduring folkways, with special emphasis on Druiidic origins, Christian modifications, and survival into modern times." She shows "a world where poetry and ritual dignified all the major turning points of life and.... Magic resided in many everyday objects and actions." Organized into chapters on birth, marriage, death, lucky and unlucky, work, water, and plants and animals. Ex-library (VG)/Good: light bumping, ex-lib stamp and minor markings, pages crisp, tight; DJ has spine sticker and black mark down spine.