A Halloween divination custom.
Date 20 September 1974
Track ID 72782
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1974.197.B2

Original Tape ID

SA1974.197

Summary

A Halloween divination custom.

It was customary at Halloween for schoolboys to go to an old woman who was supposed to have some supernatural ability, and get her to cast a glass. She half-filled a wine glass with water and cracked an egg into it, saying: "A egg I crack in three; a egg I brak in three; a egg I drap in three; let so-and-so his wife and bairns see." She'd drop three drops of the egg white into the glass and blibes [bubbles] would rise to the surface, a larger one in the centre and others around it. These were the man's future wife and children. If nothing happened and no blibes came up, the boy would die a bachelor.

Recording Location

County - Shetland

Parish - Delting

Island - Shetland Mainland

Village - Laxo, Lunnasting

Item Location

County - Shetland

Parish - Delting

Island - Shetland Mainland

Village - Lunnasting

Language

English

Genre

Information

Collection

SoSS