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FRENCH CUSTOM

OUTDOOR MARKETS ARE A FRENCH CUSTOM. OUT DOOR MARKETS ARE SET
UP THREE TIMES A WEEK. THEY ARE SET UP ON CERTAIN STREETS.
ALL THINGS ARE SOLD. THEY CAN BE FOUND IN ALL SECTIONS OF PARIS.
INDIVIDUAL SELLERS SELL IN THE OUTDOOR MARKETS.

Submitter comment: SEEN IN PARIS

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK ; PARIS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 00-00-1964

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SUSPEND A WEDDING RING ON A STRING AND HOLD IT OVER
THE BELLY OF A PREGNANT WOMAN. IF THE RING SWINGS
ON AN AXIS ACROSS THE BELLY, THE BABY WILL BE A BOY.
IF IT SWINGS IN A CIRCLE, THE BABY WILL BE A GIRL.

Submitter comment: HEARD IN HER HOMETOWN OF PARIS, TENNESSEE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P870 P870.542

Date learned: 08-10-1964

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ANIMAL BELIEF

AT MIDNIGHT ON CHRISTMAS EVE ANIMALS KNEEL TO PRAY.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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ANIMAL BELIEF

ROOSTERS ALWAYS CROW AT MIDNIGHT.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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REPEAT THREE TIMES EZEKIEL 16:6
"AND WHEN I PASSED BY THEE, AND SAW THEE POLLUTED IN THINE
OWN BLOOD, I SAID UNTO THEE WHEN THOU WAS IN THY BLOOD,
LIVE, YEA, I SAID UNTO THEE WHEN THOU WAS IN THY BLOOD,
LIVE.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS USED BY MRS. WARREN'S GRANDMOTHER TO STOP

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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WHEN YOU BORROW SALT, YOU REPAY IT WITH SUGAR.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Flavoring
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT IS RAINING, THAT'S A SIGN THAT
TOMORROW AT THE SAME TIME, IT'S GONNA RAIN AGAIN.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT'S RAINING, THAT'S A SIGN THAT
THE DEVIL IS BEATING HIS WIFE.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): SATAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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IF YOU HAVE A DREAM, YOU'RE NOT SUPPOSED TO TELL IT BEFORE
BREAKFAST, IF YOU WANT IT TO COME TRUE.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Food
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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THE SIGNS OF THE SCORPION AND THE CRAB ARE GOOD TIMES
TO ROOT FLOWERS AND TO SET THEM OUT.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): ZODIAC ASTROLOGY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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PLANT IRISH POTATOES ON THE DARK OF THE MOON.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): ASTROLOGY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P476

Date learned: 06-19-1970

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PLANT CORN ON AN OLD MOON AND POTATOES ON A NEW MOON.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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IF YOUR RIGHT EYE JUMPS, IT IS A SIGN OF SORROW. IF YOUR LEFT
EYE JUMPS, IT IS A SIGN OF JOY.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES, IT IS A SIGN YOU'LL GET MONEY. IF
YOUR RIGHT HAND ITCHES, YOU'LL GET A LETTER.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, YOU'LL HAVE A VISITOR.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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IF YOU SNEEZE AT THE TABLE, YOU'LL HEAR OF A DEATH.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Sneeze (also see P477)

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN GETS SCARED, WHEREVER SHE TOUCHES HER
BODY, THE BABY WILL HAVE A SPOT ON ITS BODY AT THAT PLACE.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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A ROOSTER CROWING AT MIDNIGHT IS A SIGN OF BAD WEATHER.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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A CRICKET ON THE HEARTH MEANS GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Keyword(s): FIREPLACE

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

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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THERE WILL BE A SNOW FOR EVERY FOG THERE IS IN AUGUST.

Where learned: PARIS ; TENNESSEE

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 06-21-1970

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