By Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, Barry L. Beyerstein
50 nice Myths of renowned Psychology makes use of well known myths as a motor vehicle for aiding scholars and laypersons to differentiate technology from pseudoscience.
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A pregnant woman must not eat fish. Crocodiles are the subject of some controversy among the experts. In the south they are classed with fish, because they live in water, and are therefore forbidden to pregnant women. In the north the fact that they inhabit water does not make them fish, and so here, crocodile flesh, since it can be bought and dried, is considered to be the food par excellence for pregnant women forbidden to eat fish. Certain plants are either forbidden or recommended in medical treatment, because they are associated with the spirits.
A man walking in the forest might come on a herd of pig wallowing in a marsh, creep up to them so close as to hear their breathing, then, rather than risk a long shot, he will tiptoe away agog to call out the village. These weaknesses of the Lele style of hunting I attribute to their having specialised in techniques suited to the dense forest. Their inefficiency is noticeable by comparison with the Cokwe hunters, who are immigrants from true savannah country, and have what I suppose must be the characteristic skills of savannah hunting.
In the morning he streaked each man’s leg with charcoal and white clay. But it rained, and the hunt was postponed. As the medicine for the new Kinda had been started, no visitors were allowed to eat in the village. A man and his wife from Mbombe were turned away, as, if they had taken food, they would have had to spend the night in the village. Taking food in the village brings the stranger under the full ritual prohibition affecting residents. Were he to eat, then go away, and have sexual relations while the village was still under the ban, he would be charged with having spoilt the medicine and be obliged to pay a heavy fine.
50 Great Myths of Popular Psychology: Shattering Widespread Misconceptions about Human Behavior by Scott O. Lilienfeld, Steven Jay Lynn, John Ruscio, Barry L. Beyerstein