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2 – CHANGE OF THE TIDE
They (the people) thought that births and deaths frequently happened at the change of tide.
(source: artwork by John Duncan, ‘The Turn of the Tide’; Manx Reminiscences by Dr. John Clague (1911))
3 – NEW BORN CHILD
Some of the hair of a newly-born child was placed in a tree, and if the hairs were carried away by a singing bird to make her nest, the child would be a musician.
(source: Manx Reminiscences by Dr. John Clague (1911); photo song thrush nest http://bit.ly/16ereCG)
4 – MANX PROVERB
“Many a man’s guarding the bush and another’s plucking the fruit.”