Escapes: Hunting for ?hex signs? in Pennsylvania Dutch country
I wanted to see distelfinks. But they were hard to find. In Pennsylvania Dutch country, the distelfink ? a goldfinch that eats thistle seeds and builds thistledown nests ? is a good-luck bird. It also symbolizes smooth sailing and tranquility and is ...
For the Pennsylvania Dutch, a Long Tradition Fades
LENHARTSVILLE, Pa., July 15 ? Eric A. Claypoole chases ghosts, and when he catches them he paints them into life. ?It?s how we take back tradition,? Mr. Claypoole said, recounting with boyish glee the one he spotted on the side of a barn ...
Alcohol, drugs, trendy clothes: Can this be Amish country?
A chance to choose Rumspringa is a Pennsylvania Dutch word meaning "running around." For the Old Order Amish, Rumspringa begins at age 16 and ends when the individual agrees to be baptized and to abide by the unwritten rules, the ordnung ...
What barn stars mean is open to interpretation
Most everyone has heard of the superstitious meanings and talismanic powers associated with Pennsylvania Dutch barn stars ... in which he likely confused the Pennsylvania German word for six-sided -- sexafoos -- with the word for witches foot -- hexafoos.
Ooraaththu'rai (Kayts), Pa'n'naiththu'rai, Matara
Even if the Sinhala word Tara is taken to mean, raft ... It could be a cognate of Mahaa in Sanskrit, meaning the same. But the Dravidian Etymological Dictionary lists the word Maa as of Dravidian etymology (DED 4786). Other than being an adjective ...