Posted by LIsa in LA on May 08, 1998 at 15:22:59:
In response to I second that!, written by Lesley on May 06, 1998 at 23:12:38
The anvil is considered a sacred artifact, over which contracts and marriages can be sanctified on certain holy days. St. Dunstin was the patron saint of blacksmiths who nailed the devil to a post. (Hence the rhyme: Father Son and Holy Ghost, nail the devil to a post.) This is a little earlier than our period though (Elizabethan Renaissance) but traditions certainly persevered.
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