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    • Jonah Yavanah
    • 04.08.07 | 19:20 (IDT)

    The custom of laying a table for Mimouna or any other avatar of Fate or Luck is a remnant of a belief-system which preceded that of the Amorites and which can be found in many cultures throughout North Africa, Europe, the Middle East and even India. It is often held on the sixth night after birth. In some communities in Greece there is a low table prepared for the visit of the Fates with a glass of milk, a bowl of honey and 3 silvered almonds. Cushions are placed around this table to make the divine visitors comfortable. (See also Nornagest and numerous folktales). A similar tradition exists in parts of India where the Fate goddess is called Sashthi ("the sixth") because it is held on the sixth night. This was also often associated with the naming of the newborn (itself often considered to be prophetic). There is no connection with any form of demonology except in the prejudices of the later religions and sects who have made claim to a monopoly of the sacred.

    from the article: Lady Luck
    First published 00:00 08.04.07 | Last updated 00:00 07.04.07
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