The Matchmaking Ant - a Korean Folktale An angleworm wanted to get married, so he asked an ant to act as a go-between and find him a wife. The ant arranged for the angleworm to wed a thousand-legged worm. When the angleworm heard this, he cried: “Oh, no! I never
ALLIGATOR To see an alligator, was considered a very lucky omen to the people of Anamaboe and Dixcove in Ghana. For a maiden to see an alligator in the water, foretells trouble. The South American natives on the banks of the Orinoco river believe that an alligator, before going in
"Antler– Stags' horns are considered in Spain to be an omen of the evil eye, and to be a safeguard against its malignant influence. Should the evil glance be cast, it is believed the horn recieves it and instantly snaps asunder. They wear a tip of horn mounted in silver
Amethyst – The "maid stone." It's said that she who wears an amethyst will sleep calmly and have innocent dreams. Amethyst is believed to remove drunkenness, particularly wine-coloured stones. The word, amethyst comes from, the Greek word amethystos, meaning “not drunken. It also was thought to divert hailstones and plagues of
Amazonite (also known as amazon stone, Green feldspar and Neshmet) – A popular stone among ancient Egyptians, the greenish amazonite represented rebirth and fertility. For this reason it was often used in jewellery and funerary amulets. The Ancient Egyptian Book of the Dead recommends amazonite for papyrus sceptre necklaces. These necklaces
Alectoria – Alectoria is a stone of darkish crystalline colour found in the intestines/gizzards of capons (castrated cockerels) that had lived seven years. Alectoria is said to be able to grant invisibility to its carrier, makes women aggregable and men eloquent, constant, and friendly. If held in one's mouth, it
Alabaster – At Antiparos in the Aegean sea, the ancients used alabaster for incense and for funeral urns. If it turned yellow and lost its whiteness, it meant sickness and famine would come. Church statues made of alabaster are sometimes found to be chipped, in many cases this damage is purposeful.