1. Cotton was chewed as
a headache remedy
2. Cotton potions are used
to this very day for chronic headaches.
3. Powdered cotton-root
bark was used as a stimulate.
4. Because of these Real
Life effects Cotton was surrounded by superstition.
5. Young couples kept cotton
bolls tucked away to symbolize their marriage.
6. If the boll turned white,
the marriage would be successful; if it turned to a creamy color, the couple
would soon separate.
7. To protect against financial
difficulties, the couple had to sleep on a cotton mattress on their wedding
8. If an unmarried girl
found a twin boll then one of her suiters was on the way to court.
9. If a newlywed couple
found a twin boll they could expect twin babies.
10. It was taboo to use a cotton
tablecloth on one's wedding day...the result would be crippled offspring.
11. On the contrary, romancing
your lover in a cotton field at harvest time during the daylight hours
brought on endless good luck to the couple.
12. The cotton Plant was believed
to posses powers of incredible attraction. This happened with people
and animals alike.
13. When going fishing a young
fisherman superstitiously carried 20 dried cottonseed with him to insure
a successful fishing trip.
14. It was very dangerous to find
a boll with no cotton inside...the slaves believed that someone's kin would
soon be sold before the night unless one dropped everything and slowly
counted to ten.
15. Dreaming of a cottonfield
was thought to bring on a peculiar desire to "pick cotton'