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GETTING RID OF A VISITOR

YOU CAN GET RID OF VISITORS BY POURING SALT UNDER HIS SEAT OR TURNING
A SHOE UPSIDE DOWN OR TURNING A BROOM UPSIDE DOWN IN A CORNER.

Submitter comment: HAITI, AND MARTINIQUE.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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IF A YOUNG GIRL'S FOOD IS SALTY, IT IS SAID THAT SHE IS IN LOVE.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00001970S

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SOME PEOPLE ARE BELIEVED TO HAVE EVIL EYES; IF SUCH A PERSON GIVES
YOU A COMPLIMENT, YOU'D BETTER KNOCK ON WOOD OR HAVE SOMEONE PINCH
YOU SO BAD LUCK WILL NOT COME UPON YOU.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Conversions
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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IF YOU TAKE AN EGG LAID ON GOOD FRIDAY AND YOU PUT IT UNDER YOUR
ARM UNTIL SUNDAY, A SEVEN HEADED MONSTER WILL COME OUT. HE SHOULD
CALL YOU "MASTER". IF NOT, YOU START SMASHING HIS HEADS UNTIL HE
CALLS YOU MASTER. THEN YOU CAN ASK HIM WHATEVER YOU WANT. TO GET
RID OF HIM, YOU THROW HIM IN THE SEA WITHOUT LOOKING.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

James Callow Keyword(s): GENIE

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting Easter Sunday
Food Drink -- Animal product Egg
BELIEF -- Abnormal in size

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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LONG TIME AGO, CHILDREN WOULD RECEIVE ORANGES FOR CHRISTMAS AND
THEY WERE SUPPOSED TO KEEP THE SEEDS FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS WAS ALSO DONE IN THE NINETEENTH CENTURY

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 21 solstice to March 20 Gifts, gift giving at Christmas
Food Drink -- Plant food Fruit
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Good luck Plants

Date learned: 00001800S

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BREAKING A MIRROR WILL BRING YOU SEVEN YEARS OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: 00-00-1969

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YOU SHOULD TURN YOUR TONGUE SEVEN TIMES IN YOUR MOUTH BEFORE
TALKING FOR YOU NOT TO SAY STUPIDITIES.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IF YOU COUNT STARS OR POINT AT THEM WITH YOUR FINGERS, YOU ARE
SUBJECT TO HAVE WARTS IN YOUR HANDS. TO GET RID OF THOSE WARTS
YOU HAVE TO LOOK FOR A LEMON TREE, CUT A LEMON IN HALF, LEAVING
ONE OF THE HALVES HANGING FROM THE TREE, THEN WITH THE OTHER HALF
YOU RUB THE WARTS, AND YOU THROW IT AWAY WITHOUT LOOKING.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- PS60

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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IF YOU SEE A FALLING STAR, YOU ARE SUPPOSED TO MAKE A WISH.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Comet
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 00001970S

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BLACK CATS ARE BELIEVED TO BE EVIL. THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO BRING
BAD LUCK. SOME PEOPLE USE BLACK CATS TO DO WITCHCRAFT.

Submitter comment: IT IS SAID THAT CATS HAVE SEVEN LIVES; THEY DO NOT DIE THAT EASY.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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IN ORDER TO HARM, SOME PEOPLE CHANGE THEIR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE.
MOST OF THE TIME THEY BECOME DOGS AND THEY ATTACK THEIR ENEMIES.

Submitter comment: ABOUT 15 YEARS AGO, WHEN TWO PERSONS USED TO HAVE AN ARGUMENT,
MOST OF THE TIME ONE OF THEM WOULD SAY TO THE OTHER: "I WILL
GET YOU, BUT IT WON'T BE ME, IT WILL BE SOMETHING ELSE." THIS
"SOMETHING ELSE" WOULD BE THE DOG.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFORMATION SHAPE-SHIFTING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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SOME SPIRITS TAKE THE APPEARANCE OF VERY BEAUTIFUL WOMEN, BUT THE
ONLY WAY TO RECOGNIZE THEM IS TO LOOK AT THEIR FEET; THEY HAVE A
HUMAN FOOT AND A ANIMAL FOOT. AND OF COURSE IF YOU DON'T NOTICE
THAT THEY WILL HARM YOU.

Submitter comment: ONE DAY A GUY PICKED UP TWO GIRLS THAT WERE STANDING BY THE ROAD
WHEN GOING TO A PARTY, AND WHILE THEY WERE IN THE CAR HE DECIDED
TO HAVE A CIGARETTE. AS SOON AS HE CRACKED THE MATCH, THE TWO
GIRLS DISAPPEARED AND HE HEARD THEIR VOICES SAYING THAT HE WAS
LUCKY. APPARENTLY THEY WERE AFRAID OF THE FIRE FROM THE MATCH.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Devil Demon
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00-00-1966

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"SOUCOUNIANT" OR "VOLANT" ARE PEOPLE THAT TAKE OFF THEIR SKIN AND
GO SUCK ANIMALS' BLOOD. THEY HAVE FLAMES COMING FROM UNDERNEATH
THEIR ARMS AND THEY CAN FLY. IF YOU DON'T WANT THEM TO GET BACK
INTO THEIR SKIN, YOU ADD SOME SALT, GARLIC, LEMON, ETC. TO THE
SKIN WHICH IS USUALLY LEFT IN A BIG BUCKET. ANOTHER WAY TO STOP
THEM IS TO DRAW A CROSS WITH A KNIFE, AND AT THE INTERSECTION OF
THE TWO LINES YOU STAB THE KNIFE.

Submitter comment: MOST OF THE TIMES, THE "SOUCOUNIANTS" ARE WOMEN. I REMEMBER MANY
YEARS AGO THE LOCAL NEWSPAPER PUBLISHED THAT THEY CAUGHT ONE AND
THEY TOOK HER TO THE HOSPITAL.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Keyword(s): "VOLANT" MEANS SOMETHING THAT COULD FLY.

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Werewolf Vampire

Date learned: 00-00-1967

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DO NOT OPEN AN UMBRELLA IN A HOUSE; IT BRINGS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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IF SOMEONE GIVES YOU A CAT, BRING IT HOME BY THE WINDOW; OTHERWISE
YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Conversions Animals

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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THE HOWLING OF A DOG OR AN OWL NEAR YOUR HOUSE MEANS THAT A
RELATIVE OF YOURS IS GOING TO DIE.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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IF YOU MAKE A CHILD PASS THROUGH A WINDOW, HE WILL GROW UP TO BE
A THIEF.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Outlaw Criminal Bandit Pirate

Date learned: 00-00-1976

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IF YOU KILL A CAT YOU WILL HAVE SEVEN YEARS OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 00-00-1968

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IF YOU ARE GOING SOMEWHERE AND YOU RETURN WHILE EN ROUTE, BE VERY
CAREFUL WHEN YOU LEAVE AGAIN TO THAT SAME PLACE NOT VERY LONG
AFTERWARD, YOU MIGHT HAVE BAD LUCK ON YOUR WAY.

Where learned: GUADELOUPE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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