Archive for June 25th, 2008

Are cupolas apotropaic?


…the cupola of an octagon barn in west-central Georgia.

The first octagon structure I remember exploring was a house in Ord, Nebraska (a bit of googling suggests it’s for sale, in fact, if you’re interested…). I was working up the road near Burwell, but that’s another story from long before there were digital cameras.

Today’s vocabulary—apotropaic

supposedly having the power to avert evil influences or bad luck

In a sentence: We need a drawerful of effective, proven, apotropaic goodies these days, or perhaps just a cupola….