eine Glückshaut

13:50 Dec 7, 2010
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German term or phrase: eine Glückshaut
Märchen der Brüder Grimm
ploog ursula

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Siehe Quelle
Steffen Walter
Kim Metzger


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Der Titel des Märchens ist offenbar nicht "Eine Glückshaut", wie man aus der Frage schließen könnte, sondern "Der Teufel mit den drei goldenen Haaren".

Siehe http://gutenberg.spiegel.de/?id=5&xid=969&kapitel=279&cHash=...
"Es war einmal eine arme Frau, die gebar ein Söhnlein, und weil es eine Glückshaut umhatte, als es zur Welt kam, so ward ihm geweissagt, es werde im vierzehnten Jahr die Tochter des Königs zur Frau haben."

Steffen Walter
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Hans im Glück

Hans lud den Stein auf und ging mit vergnügtem Herzen weiter; seine Augen leuchteten vor Freude, "ich muß in einer Glückshaut geboren sein," rief er aus "alles, was ich wünsche, trifft mir ein, wie einem Sonntagskind."


Note added at 26 mins (2010-12-07 14:16:07 GMT)

Glückshaube - caul - A portion of the amnion, especially when it covers the head of a fetus at birth. Also called pileus.

Note added at 1 hr (2010-12-07 14:53:33 GMT)

A caul (Latin: Caput galeatum, literally, "head helmet") is a thin, filmy membrane, the amnion, that can cover a newborn's head and face immediately after birth.

To be "born in the caul" simply means a child is born with part of the amniotic sac or membrane adhering to the head and face. The caul is harmless and is easily removed by the doctor or midwife.
Being born with a caul is rare, occurring in fewer than 1 in 80,000 births. This statistic includes "en-caul" births, which occur more frequently than authentic caul births; therefore authentic caul births are rarer than the statistic indicates.[2]

En-caul births, or babies born inside of the intact sac, usually occur only in premature births, because the sac balloons out with the newborn still inside and normally breaks during delivery. The authentic caul birth involves only a part of the broken sac being attached to the head and face of the infant.

In medieval times the appearance of a caul on a newborn baby was seen as a sign of good luck.[3] It was considered an omen that the child was destined for greatness. Gathering the caul onto paper was considered an important tradition of childbirth: the midwife would rub a sheet of paper across the baby's head and face, pressing the material of the caul onto the paper. The caul would then be presented to the mother, to be kept as an heirloom. Some Early Modern European traditions linked being born with the caul to the ability to defend fertility and the harvest against the forces of evil, particularly witches and sorcerers.[4]
Over the course of European history, a legend developed suggesting that possession of a baby's caul would give its bearer good luck and protect that person from death by drowning. Cauls were therefore highly prized by sailors. Medieval women often sold these cauls to sailors for large sums of money; a caul was regarded as a valuable talisman


Kim Metzger
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agree  jccantrell: I have heard of it as a caul.
59 mins
agree  Lonnie Legg: Thanks, Kim, for the connection to "caul". So does that make "cauliflower" a synonym for "lotus"? ;ö)
1 hr
agree  Margaret Hiley: I also know it as a caul. In Dickens's novel David Copperfield the hero is born with a caul that is advertised for sale as a lucky charm for sailors!
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