Description: Every river demands at least one life every year
Origin: Scotland, Ancient
This Scottish superstition is an example of a widespread belief in ancient folklore, that each river or stream is inhabited by a spirit who may demand a human sacrifice. Anyone who rescued a drowning man was depriving the river of its prize - and so the river might one day take your life in its place.
A version of this superstition in England says that if you rescue a drowning man he will become your your enemy for the rest of your life.
River Tay Scotland's Longest
Note: These superstitions
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