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Oh, there are plenty of 'turning the table on the trickster' myths. This is one of the most popular ChristianDevil myths, actually. Surely you have heard the phrase 'Cheating the Devil'?

Brewer's Dictionary of Phrase and Fable relates a couple of examples of 'Cheating the Devil'.

Cheating the devil. Mincing an oath; doing evil for gain, and giving part of the profits to the Church, etc. It is by no means unusual in monkish traditions. Thus the "Devil's Bridge" is a single arch over a cataract. It is said that his Satanic Majesty had knocked down several bridges, but promised the abbot, Giraldus of Einsiedel, to let this one stand, provided the abbot would consign to him the first living thing that crossed it. When the bridge was finished, the abbot threw across it a loaf of bread, which a hungry dog ran after, and "the rocks re-echoed with peals of laughter to see the Devil thus defeated." (Longfellow: Golden Legend, v.)
The bridge referred to by Longfellow is that over the Fall of the Reuss, in the canton of the Uri, Switzerland.
Rabelais says that a farmer once bargained with the Devil for each to have on alternate years what grew under and over the soil. The canny farmer sowed carrots and turnips when it was his turn to have the under-soil share, and wheat and barley the year following. (Pantagruel, book iv. chap. xlvi.)

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The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 1638 Paul Cochrane 27-Feb-04 06:28
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 412 Anne-Marie 27-Feb-04 07:13
Moderator Note 396 Jaimi 27-Feb-04 21:17
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 396 Lee McGiffen 27-Feb-04 12:32
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 450 Kboldt 27-Feb-04 14:00
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 400 fiascohoho 27-Feb-04 14:49
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 417 Lee McGiffen 27-Feb-04 15:10
D'Adamo... talk about synchronicity 463 ananda 27-Feb-04 16:33
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 377 fiascohoho 27-Feb-04 16:35
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 620 SunSword 27-Feb-04 18:36
Need source for your claim 431 ananda 27-Feb-04 18:57
Re: Need source for your claim 443 SunSword 27-Feb-04 22:19
No source or evidence? 457 ananda 27-Feb-04 22:44
Re: No source or evidence? 402 fiascohoho 28-Feb-04 00:10
Re: No source or evidence? 473 SunSword 28-Feb-04 00:40
Re: Need source for your claim 445 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 23:04
Re: Need source for your claim 432 ananda 28-Feb-04 00:44
Are you assuming... 348 ananda 29-Feb-04 20:15
Re: Are you assuming... 385 SunSword 01-Mar-04 14:39
Re: Are you assuming... 407 ArmchairObserver 01-Mar-04 15:50
Re: Are you assuming... 392 SunSword 01-Mar-04 17:23
Re: Need source for your claim 299 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:26
Blood Types 436 jameske 28-Feb-04 15:51
Re: Blood Types 432 Lee McGiffen 29-Feb-04 12:30
Re: Blood Types 335 jameske 29-Feb-04 14:40
Re: Blood Types 442 ananda 29-Feb-04 15:36
Re: Blood Types 417 jameske 01-Mar-04 14:09
Re: Blood Types 426 SunSword 29-Feb-04 18:15
Re: Blood Types 429 jameske 01-Mar-04 14:03
Re: Blood Types 403 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:16
Re: Blood Types 448 Lee McGiffen 01-Mar-04 11:32
Re: Blood Types 731 Paul Cochrane 03-Mar-04 01:09
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 398 ArmchairObserver 27-Feb-04 16:15
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 417 ananda 27-Feb-04 16:44
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 438 ArmchairObserver 27-Feb-04 17:40
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 416 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:48
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 470 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:43
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 425 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:18
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 427 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 16:48
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 438 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 04:55
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 387 Mark Staab 28-Feb-04 05:43
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 424 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 06:22
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 444 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 17:01
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 408 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 17:17
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 444 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 18:25
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 477 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 19:53
Mod remark 436 Kees 27-Feb-04 20:13
Re: Mod remark 464 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 22:08
Re: Mod remark 385 Zosimos 27-Feb-04 22:36
Re: Mod remark 404 Mark Staab 27-Feb-04 23:27
Moderator note 423 Jaimi 28-Feb-04 04:29
Re: Moderator note 409 Mark Staab 28-Feb-04 05:46
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 439 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 05:08
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 408 fisherman 27-Feb-04 17:41
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 417 Paul Cochrane 28-Feb-04 05:41
Belief, Proof and what does it matter 402 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 06:54
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 389 fiascohoho 29-Feb-04 08:30
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 414 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 11:52
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 425 Elizabeth Newton 29-Feb-04 14:07
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 428 fiascohoho 29-Feb-04 15:40
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 430 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:56
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 393 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 03:32
Re: Belief, Proof and what does it matter 423 Elizabeth Newton 01-Mar-04 15:00
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 432 Trygve Hogebol 29-Feb-04 18:37
Re: The shroud of Turin and synchronicity 356 Paul Cochrane 01-Mar-04 04:24


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