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Orkney fishing superstitions.

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Title - Orkney fishing superstitions.
Contributors - John George Halcro
Reporters - Alan J. Bruford

Summary - Orkney fishing superstitions.

Even young fishermen in South Ronaldsay are still [in 1968] steeped in superstition. They say, "If the sea feeds you, why do you not feed the sea?" You were never to whistle, or mention a rabbit or a minister at sea. Fishermen never went out to sea on Friday the 13th. They also wore a single gold earring.

Although such beliefs are dying out in Orkney, there are still people down the east and west coasts steeped in such superstition. It was very unlucky to turn your boat against the sun [anti-clockwise]. You were never to cross a man's path if he was bound for the fishing as his luck would be gone and he'd turn and go home. John George Halcro has never heard that it was unlucky to carry a woman, but it was unlucky to carry a minister.


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:02
Date Recorded - 1968
Language - English, Scots
Genre - Information, Other
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 64388
Original Tape ID - SA1968.196
Original Track ID - SA1968.196.B7
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R



Recording Location:
  County - Orkney
  Parish - South Ronaldsay
  Island - South Ronaldsay
  Village - Herston, St Margaret's Hope


Item Location:
  County - Orkney
  Parish - South Ronaldsay
  Island - South Ronaldsay

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