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EYES JUMPING

IF YOUR LEFT EYE JUMPS CONSTANTLY, YOU ARE GOING TO GET MAD. IF
YOUR RIGHT EYE JUMPS, YOU ARE GOING TO BE GLAD ABOUT SOMETHING.

Submitter comment: THIS HAS TOLD TO HAVE ACTUALLY HAPPENED TO INFORMANT.

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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HAND ITCH

WHEN YOUR HAND ITCHES, IT MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO GET SOME MONEY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT HAS EXPERIENCED IT TO BE TRUE.

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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STAR BELIEF

WHEN YOU SEE A FALLING STAR MAKE A WISH AND IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Prayer

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WHEN A NEW NEIGHBOR MOVES INTO THE NEIGHBORHOOD, PAY A VISIT AND GIVE
THEM A LOAF OF BREAD AND A BOX OF SALT. SUPPOSED MEANING: MAY THERE
ALWAYS BE FOOD IN THE HOUSE AND WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS DONE IN INFORMANTS NEIGHBORHOOD IN SUBURBS IN WINSTON_SALEM.

Where learned: HOME ; WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Number

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SHOOTING STAR

WHEN YOU SEE A SHOOTING STAR (FALLING STAR) MAKE A WISH
AND IT WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 09-08-1971

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Never sweep a visitors' foot with a broom. If this happens
have the person whose feet has been swept spit on the bottom of
the broom. If the person does not spit on the broom it will be
bad luck for that person.

Submitter comment: It so happens that I was sweeping and accidently hit her
foot, she asked that I turn the broom upside down so that she
could spit on the bottom of it.

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1979

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NEVER WASH AND HANG CLOTHES ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, OR YOU'LL
WASH SOMEONE OUT OF THE FAMILY.

Where learned: ITALY ; WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA ; ROME

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

Date learned: 10-00-1970 ; 09-08-1971

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DOG GHOST

THERE WAS A PATHWAY LEADING FROM INFORMANT'S MOTHER'S
HOUSE TO HER HOUSE (INFORMANT'S). SHE WAS ACCUSTOMED
TO GOING THROUGH THE PATHWAY AT ANY TIME DAY OR NIGHT.
ONE NIGHT SHE WAS RETURNING HOME WHEN SHE ENCOUNTERED
A HUGE SNOW WHITE DOG, ABOUT SIX FEET TALL ON ALL
FOUR LEGS, ACROSS THE PATHWAY. IT FRIGHTENED HER SO
BAD HER HAIR STOOD STRAIGHT UP ON HER HEAD. SHE RAN
HOME AFTER THE DOG DISAPPEARED. LATER SHE FELT THIS
WAS A WARNING NOT TO TRAVEL THE PATHWAY AT NIGHT, SO
SHE DIDN'T ANY MORE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A TRUE TALE. TOLD BY MY MOTHER. IT
HAPPENED APPROXIMATELY 1935 IN WINSTON SALEM, NORTH
CAROLINA.
WOMAN FRIGHTENED BY A LARGE WHITE DOG. HER HAIR STANDS ON END, AND
SHE INTERPRETS APPEARANCE OF DOG AS GHOSTLY WARNING TO AVOID
THAT PATH
INFORMANT SAYS THIS IS TRUE; IT HAPPENED TO HER MOTHER IN 1935 IN
WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: CA00001956 ; 00-00-1935

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DOG GHOST

THERE WAS A PATHWAY LEADING FROM INFORMANT'S MOTHER'S
HOUSE TO HER HOUSE (INFORMANT'S). SHE WAS ACCUSTOMED
TO GOING THROUGH THE PATHWAY AT ANY TIME DAY OR NIGHT.
ONE NIGHT SHE WAS RETURNING HOME WHEN SHE ENCOUNTERED
A HUGE SNOW WHITE DOG, ABOUT SIX FEET TALL ON ALL
FOUR LEGS, ACROSS THE PATHWAY. IT FRIGHTENED HER SO
BAD HER HAIR STOOD STRAIGHT UP ON HER HEAD. SHE RAN
HOME AFTER THE DOG DISAPPEARED. LATER SHE FELT THIS
WAS A WARNING NOT TO TRAVEL THE PATHWAY AT NIGHT, SO
SHE DIDN'T ANY MORE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS A TRUE TALE. TOLD BY MY MOTHER. IT
HAPPENED APPROXIMATELY 1935 IN WINSTON SALEM, NORTH
CAROLINA.
WOMAN FRIGHTENED BY A LARGE WHITE DOG. HER HAIR STANDS ON END, AND
SHE INTERPRETS APPEARANCE OF DOG AS GHOSTLY WARNING TO AVOID
THAT PATH
INFORMANT SAYS THIS IS TRUE; IT HAPPENED TO HER MOTHER IN 1935 IN
WINSTON-SALEM, NORTH CAROLINA

Where learned: WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: CA00001956 ; 00-00-1935

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Superstition

Black Cat:

If a black cat crosses your path to the left you'll have bad luck. If he crosses to the right you'll have good luck.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [B440, P880] crossed out / Replaced with current classification

Where learned: HOME ; WINSTON SALEM ; NORTH CAROLINA

Keyword(s): ANIMAL ; Black ; CAT ; Feline ; LEFT ; LUCK ; OMEN ; RIGHT ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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