Thursday, December 13, 2012
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Tuesday, June 12, 2012
So I venture forth on the subject of death, many people jokingly say and at times legitimately believe that marriage is death to one's individuality, their freedom, and even their identity. In that logic marriage is in fact death, making weddings parallel to funerals. Aren't we a twisted lot.
Victorians were highly superstitious, as were those who came before them. Superstitions have indeed evolved over time, enhancing the initial fears of their origins. Many superstitions we still hold firmly to even in our modern society. The topic of this post is a rather good example of how many of those superstitions have not changed that dramatically over the last 100 years or so.
I digress on this subject of marriage and death; I can always save that for another blog.
As you may know marriages during the Victorian era were usually still arranged, if they were not the permission of one's parents was critical before a young lady could enter into such an engagement and even courtship. I won't bore you with the protocol on such things...I will however now bore you with superstitions related to weddings and marriage!
Woman have fussed over what colours to include in her wedding far longer than men want to even know. Most importantly, the colour of the wedding gown was critical. In this day and age any Bride can tell you that one should always wear white, a symbol of purity. Right...did anyone tell Kim Kardashian that?
During the Victorian era, there were many helpful little rhymes that one could recite to assist in what choices to make. This particular one predicts what will happen in your marriage depending on the colour you wear. Kind of like asking a Magic 8 ball!
Thursday, May 17, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
It seems that there are a variety of books, blogs, and even websites dedicated to the various subjects on my list to write about. Scattered across the information highway like litter; neither cohesive nor easy to research. I've tried and found myself spending countless hours searching through various online engines and printed materials in hope of gaining a broader knowledge base.
This was chiefly derived from my own fascination with the Victorian culture beyond the fashion, science, inventions and literature. All wonderful venues of our ancestors, those who came before us at the height of a new century on the horizon. My admiration comes partly from the romanticized ideals of the time, life in what seems to be simplicity yet in its depths far out weighs our own in so many ways, or perhaps the fact that my own generation and those of my time have welcomed in a new century as well.
Since childhood I have been drawn to the Victorian era, my initial exposure at the age of 6 was a hard back copy of Jules Verne's 'A Journey to the Center of the Earth'. It opened my eyes to whole new world, I was hooked. Soon followed more wonderous tales by H.G. Wells, Charles Dickens, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle among many other fantastic writers. Cinema furthered my love as I became more entranced into my escape from a harsh and at times abusive childhood.
Despite the rigorous Christian upbringing, I was fascinated by many occult subjects. Vampires, Werewolves, paranormal and even superstitions, all fueled my hunger to know more. As I grew older I finally delved headlong into research to fully understand the myths and beliefs that captivated the Victorians. Now I share all that I have and shall discover on this blog with you.