Monday, April 16, 2012

Tuesday's Tip: Folk Beliefs and Superstitions of Our German Ancestors

Congratulations! You escaped disaster on the Friday the 13th just past! You did survive it, didn't you? But you don't believe in such nonsense. Right?

Your German ancestors, however, did not brush off such “threats.” To have done so would have been much too dangerous! For example, would you have had the nerve in your German ancestor's day to reveal (are you ready for this horror?) – that you had spit in the well!

Yes, we can laugh, but precautions had to be observed – according to people living in German lands even as recently as the twentieth century.

So come hear all about it. The German-American Cultural Center – Library will present a program on “Folk Beliefs and Superstitions of Our German Ancestors” this Friday, to be delivered by Ingeborg Carpenter, who for many years has been an enthusiastic student of German ethnology. You will come away from this program with a much fuller respect for the day-to-day threats and afflictions that Germans of yore had to learn to ward off.

What: “Folk Beliefs and Superstitions of Our German Ancestors”
When: 7:30 p.m., Friday, April 20, 2012
Where: Library of the Sacramento Turn Vern, 3349 J Street
Speaker: Ingeborg Carpenter.  Ms. Carpenter was raised in Frankfurt and Westfalen; educated at Gutenberg Universit├Ąt, Mainz; teacher of German; Masters degree at CSU Sacramento.
Admission: Free
Refreshments: Light refreshments will be offered, for which donations are appreciated.

Sponsored by: The German-American Cultural Center – Library, a Section of the Sacramento Turn Verein. For further information:

Submitted by Shirley Riemer
posted by Denise Hibsch Richmond

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