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AN OLD NEGRO SUPERSTITION FROM THE SOUTH IS THAT IF YOU CATCH A
SPIDER HANGING FROM THE CEILING WITH YOUR POCKETBOOK, YOU HAVE
MONEY COMING YOUR WAY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ARACHNID

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 11-02-1972

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LUCK

WHEN STIRRING GO IN ONLY ONE DIRECTION, OR YOUR BATTER WILL BE
SPOILED. AND IF YOU SEE AND KILL A SPIDER, IT IS BAD LUCK. ALSO
IF THE FIRST PERSON TO CROSS YOUR THRESHOLD AFTER NEW YEAR'S IS A
WOMAN, IT IS BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: CHURCH PROCESSIONS ALSO COINCIDED WITH THE IDEA OF ONLY GOING IN
ONE DIRECTION, AS IS SEEN IN SOME FAIRY TALES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): ANIMAL ARACHNID

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20
Food Drink -- Manner of preparation
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.3
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.42

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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