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A Dictionary of Superstitions

Iona Opie,

Moira Tatem


1817 G. YOUNG History of Whitby II 882. The custom of making soul mass loaves, on the day of all-souls, Nov. 2, is kept up to a certain extent: they are small round loaves, sold by the bakers at a farthing each, chiefly for presents to children. In former times it was usual to keep one or two of them for good luck: a lady in Whitby has a soul mass loaf about 100 years old.

1851 DENHAM North of England (1895, 26) A few thrifty, elderly housewives, still practice the old custom of keeping a soul mass-cake (2 November), for good luck.

Cf. GOOD FRIDAY, bread made on: protects.

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