Knock on wood
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Knock on wood
1 volume (unpaged), illustrations (some color), 17 cm, in box 12 x 20 x 4 cm
Monoprint, mixed media. Mohawk cover, Japanese and Thai papers. Accordion binding. Variable open edition, signed by the artist. It has been commonly thought throughout history that knocking on wood is a superstitious action to ward off evil. This action encompasses both Pagan and Christian belief systems. The early pagans believed that knocking on wood was meant to drive out mischievous wood nymphs before they took an unfortunate suggestion and turned it into reality. Another explanation for this practice is that pagans believed spirits lived in trees. Knocking or touching the tree indicated seeking protection form the particular spirit and requesting good luck. Some Christians believe this superstition has to do with knocking on or touching the wooden cross and seeking the protection of God. One of the most interesting elements of this particular superstition is that regardless of nationality, religion, or geography, there seems to be a similar phrase in many cultures across the globe.
University of Puget Sound Collins Library, Archives & Special Collections
Call Number: N7433.4.C425 K66 2016
SubjectSuperstition in art ; Artists' books -- Washington (State) -- Olympia ; Toy and movable books -- Specimens.
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Folded Books; Boxes (containers)
Relief Printing; Other
Colors; Illustrations; Text (layout feature); Visual
Kendyl Chasco, Collins Memorial Library
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