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BAD LUCK WILL COME TO THE HOME OF A FAMILY IF A BLACK
BIRD BUILDS A NEST IN THEIR CHIMNEY.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT A MAN IN HER TOWN ACTUALLY HAD
THE JOB OF BERIDDING HOMES OF BIRDS. UNTIL SHE
ARRIVED IN AMERICA FROM ROMANIA SHE THOUGHT EVERYONE
BELIEVED THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; ROMANIA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 11-08-1971

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A RICH MAN BEGGED A GYPSY TO TELL HIS NEWLY BORN SON'S
FORTUNE. THE GYPSY SAID THAT THE SON WOULD DROWN
BEFORE HE WAS EIGHTEEN. THE ALARMED FATHER BUILT A
HUGE WALL AROUND HIS HOUSE AND HIRED PEOPLE TO
CONTINUALLY WATCH OVER HIS SON. YEARS PASSED. ONE
DAY THE BOY SLIPPED OUT OF THE HOUSE AND FOUND A
COOL STREAM. HE MERELY PUT HIS FEET IN AND AN UNDERTOW
PULLED HIM IN. SECONDS LATER, HIS FATHER FOUND HIM
DROWN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT HIS WAS THE MOST POPULAR GYPSY
STORY IN ROMANIA AROUND THE TURN OF THE CENTURY.
INFORMANT SAID THAT THIS LEGEND WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR
KEEPING MOST GYPSIES OUT OF THE MAJOR TOWNS IN
ROMANIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; ROMANIA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Running water Small current. Brook, spring....

Date learned: 11-08-1971

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A RICH MAN BEGGED A GYPSY TO TELL HIS NEWLY BORN SON'S
FORTUNE. THE GYPSY SAID THAT THE SON WOULD DROWN
BEFORE HE WAS EIGHTEEN. THE ALARMED FATHER BUILT A
HUGE WALL AROUND HIS HOUSE AND HIRED PEOPLE TO
CONTINUALLY WATCH OVER HIS SON. YEARS PASSED. ONE
DAY THE BOY SLIPPED OUT OF THE HOUSE AND FOUND A
COOL STREAM. HE MERELY PUT HIS FEET IN AND AN UNDERTOW
PULLED HIM IN. SECONDS LATER, HIS FATHER FOUND HIM
DROWN.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT SAID THAT HIS WAS THE MOST POPULAR GYPSY
STORY IN ROMANIA AROUND THE TURN OF THE CENTURY.
INFORMANT SAID THAT THIS LEGEND WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR
KEEPING MOST GYPSIES OUT OF THE MAJOR TOWNS IN
ROMANIA.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; ROMANIA

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Running water Small current. Brook, spring....

Date learned: 11-08-1971 ; 00001899-1900

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