Ozarks folklore beliefs about the moon

clouds under full moon

On July 20, 1969, man walked on the moon. The old time Ozarkers in the 19th and early 20th century wouldn’t have even imagined such a thing would ever be possible. 

To them, the moon was not only physically out of reach, but also spiritually, I’d say. The moon was still veiled in mystery and superstition to them.

I’ll share with you just a few old-time beliefs from that bag of Ozarks folklore, as documented by the late great Vance Randolph.

It was considered a misfortune, for example, if moonlight fell upon the bed when a child was being birthed there. 

clouds under full moon
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