Folk Traditions and Oddities
There may little folk traditions throughout the world and the British Isles and I would like to start gathering a few together to discuss and maybe add to the main gazetteer at some point.
To start with:
According to the Golden Bough by Fraser, there was a tradition in Orkney concerning curing an illness. The sick person would be thoroughly washed down and all the water used for this would then be collected together. The water would then be thrown into a gateway and the illness would then transfer to the next person to pass through the gate, curing the original patient. At first this sounded like nonsense, but is there not a lesson here about health hygiene and a basic understanding that some illnesses can be contagious?