Boatright et al.'s
The Best of Texas Folk and Folklore, 1916-1954
The Best of Texas Folk and Folklore: 1916-1954 is now available as
a free e-book at the UNT Digital Library and The Portal to Texas
The state of Texas is fortunate in possessing a rich and varied
folklore. When white settlers from the Old South came in bringing their
African slaves, they found the Mexicans in possession, and before them
there were the Indians. These four racial groups maintained their
separate identities, languages, religions, and cultures, making their
folkways and folklore distinct and characteristic. This volume is
composed of materials published originally in the first twenty-five
volumes of the Texas Folklore Society.
“Those old annuals are filled with real, field-collected folklore…
Most of that early collected folklore had never been in print before…
The Society retrieves it this year because… at this near-century mark
we wish to have under one cover the best folklore in Texas from the
first half of the twentieth century.” —F. E. Abernethy, from the
Asthma—Go down to the river and catch a frog. Pry open the frog’s mouth
and blow your breath into it. This must be done before daylight in the
morning. The frog will die before sundown, but the asthma will go into
the frog and will never bother the sufferer again.
Colds—For colds and croup goat tallow is a good remedy. The Indians used
a decoction of the leaves of the horehound to cure colds. Red chili
peppers, swallowed whole like pills.
Among Mexicans susto is a condition brought about by shock or fright.
- Teas brewed from different leaves are given the patient. Sometimes a
gold ring, a piece of red ribbon, or a clod of clay from the chimney
is added to the tea.
- Water sweetened with sugar or water with a little vinegar and salt
is given to the patient.
- The patient is swept from head to foot while a certain number of
credos are repeated.