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SPIRITUAL

I'M GONNA TELL GOD ALL MY TROUBLES
WHEN I GET HOME...
I'M GONNA TELL HIM THE ROAD WAS ROCKY
WHEN I GET HOME...
I'M GONNA TELL HIM I HAD HARD TRAILS
WHEN I GET HOME...
I'M GONNA TELL GOD HOW YOU'RE DOING
WHEN I GET HOME...

Where learned: DETROIT, ASSUMED ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: Favorites
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Death
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Religious

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BELIEF

IF YOU HAVE A LARGE "V" SHAPED LINE IN THE PALM OF YOUR HAND,
IT IS CALLED YPUR LIFE LINE
AND YOU WILL LIVE TO AN OLD AGE.

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER IS ALWAYS LOOKING AT OUR PALMS
THIS IS SOMETHING SHE HAS HEARD OF
AND BELIEVED IN SINCE SHE WAS A CHILD IN ENGLAND.

Where learned: HOME ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 02-24-1970

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GOOD LUCK OMEN (NEGRO)

WHEN MOVING, MOVE IN A BROOM FIRST.

Where learned: Grandmother ; Arkansas ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.

Date learned: 10-00-1969

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BAD LUCK IN THREES

BAD LUCK, ESPECIALLY DEATHS, COMES IN THREES.

Where learned: CHILDHOOD ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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BIRD IN THE HOUSE SUPERSTITION

IF A BIRD FLIES INTO YOUR HOUSE, SOMEONE WILL DIE IN THE NEAR FUTURE

Submitter comment: MY GRANDMOTHER WAS BORN IN ENGLAND, AND THIS SUPERSTITION WAS REALLY
BELIEVED WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD.

Where learned: HOME ; Grandmother ; TOLD BY

Subject headings: Observation

Date learned: 02-26-1970

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ARABIC MARRIAGE CUSTOM

IN AN ARABIC MARRIAGE WHEN THE COUPLE IS ABOUT TO GO
ON THEIR HONEYMOON, THE MOTHER OF THE BRIDE GIVES HER
A WHITE HANDKERCHIEF. IF THE BRIDE COMES BACK A VIRGIN
SHE GIVES THE HANDKERCHIEF BACK TO HER MOTHER.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID HER FAMILY USED TO PRACTICE THIS TRADITION.

Where learned: Grandmother

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage

Date learned: 00-00-1976 ; 11-00-1987

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Chin Tickler

I remember this little game my grandmother played on my face
and head. She would knock on my head and say, "head knocker", then
touch my eyes and say, "eye peepers," then pinch my nose and say,
"nose blower," then place her finger on my mouth and say, "mouth
chopper" and tickle under my chin and say, "chin tickler."

Submitter comment: The two of us would continue the little game, laughing until
one of us would finally give in due to stomach pain from laughter.
I did the same with my children.

Where learned: Grandmother

James Callow Keyword(s): Names for body parts

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Athletic sport and exercise Gymnastics
SPEECH -- Vocabulary

Date learned: 00001950S

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