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FORTUNE TELLING RICE BIRDS OF INDONESIA

IN INDONESIA A VENDER COME AROUND THE HOUSE WITH THREE
LITTLE RICE BIRDS IN A CAGE. HE WOULD ASK IF HE COULD
TELL YOUR FORTUNE FOR THE NEXT SEVEN YEARS. IF ALLOWED,
HE WOULD THROW RICE INTO THE CAGE OF BIRDS. IF THE BIRDS
ATE THE RICE, YOU WOULD HAVE SEVEN YEARS OF STARVATION, BE-
CAUSE EVERYTHING HAS BEEN EXHAUSTED. IF THEY DIDN'T EAT
ALL THE RICE, YOU WOULD HAVE SEVEN YEARS OF SUCCESS AND
GOOD LUCK. THE IDEA WAS TO GET THE VENDER AFTER HE HAS
BEEN TO ALL THE OTHER HOUSES, BY THAT TIME THE BIRDS WOULD
BE TOO FULL OF RICE, YOU COULD NOT HELP BUT GET GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): AUSPEXY ; HOMEOPATHIC

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
870
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BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 04-00-1979 ; 00001930-1950

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