Can you imagine living in times where your neighbor might be accused for bad weather and failing crops, and get hanged for it? Times in which seamen fear sirens and pirates?
The past is filled with superstitions and beliefs about how to avoid their protagonists. We smirk at most of them now, but for some people they were very real. This fascinates me.
Belief, voluntary or not, drives our action; we consider it senseless to be afraid of the dark, but sometimes we are. So, when I research, I explore what drove people to their actions; what they believed in and how they perceived their environment. History is a gold mine in this regard, and some of my findings are too good to be kept on crumbly notes tucked between books. So I share them here, for your pleasure.