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IF YOU STEP ON A CRACK, YOU WILL BREAK YOUR MOTHER'S BACK.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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SMOKE SIGNS

WHEN THE SMOKE GOES UP, THE WEATHER WILL BE FAIR. WHEN THE
SMOKE GOES TO THE GROUND, THE WEATHER WILL BE CLOUDY.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

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IF YOU POINT AT A WATERMELON IT WILL FALL OFF THE VINE.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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A NIGHT BEING SO BLACK, IT MADE BLACK CATS LOOK LIGHT.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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IF YOU SEE A CERTAIN NUMBER OF BUZZARDS THIS MEANS SOMETHING.
ONE FOR A SORROW, 2 FOR JOY, 3 FOR A LETTER AND 4 FOR A BOY.
DON'T KNOW WHAT COMES BETWEEN THERE AND 8, (BUT) 8 IS A SIGN
OF DEATH.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number To specific numbers

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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ISAAC (AN OLD NEGRO PREACHER) TELLS OF HAVING A VISION OF SOME
BURIED GOLD ON AN OLD FARM RIGHT OUTSIDE HAMPSHIRE, TENNESSEE.
THIS GOLD WAS BURIED UNDERNEATH AN OLD PEACH TREE BY AN
EXPEDITION OF LEWIS AND CLARKE. THE PEACH TREE HAS LONG
SINCE GONE, BUT HE THINKS HE KNOWS ABOUT WHERE IT IS.
HOWEVER, SEVERAL ATTEMPTS (EVEN USING A METAL DETECTOR) TO
RECOVER THE HIDDEN TREASURE BY THE BELIEVERS HAS FAILED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HAMPSHIRE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED ; MOUNT PLEASANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Money

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU DREAM OF THINGS OUT OF SEASON, YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE OUT
OF REASON.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about luck

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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IF YOU DREAM OF MUDDY WATER, YOU OR SOME OF YOUR FAMILY ARE
GOING TO BE SICK.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE

Subject headings: 841 Dreams about the dead and sick
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about the dead and sick

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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IF YOU DREAM OF BROKEN EGGS, YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.
IF YOU DREAM OF GOOD EGGS, YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Food and liquids
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.88
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.88

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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IF YOU PUT YOUR CLOTHES ON BACKWARDS, IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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IF YOU HEAR A WHIPPERWILL, IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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ST. JOHN'S CHURCH BIBLE

WHEN I WAS A TEENAGER I USED TO HEAR FOLKS TALK ABOUT THE
"ST. JOHN'S CHURCH" WHERE A LOT OF CIVIL WAR SOLDIERS ARE
BURIED IN A CEMETERY BEHIND THE CHURCH. IT WAS ACTIVE
DURING THE CIVIL WAR DAYS AND IS LOCATED BETWEEN COLUMBIA
AND MOUNT PLEASANT. I ALWAYS HEARD THERE WAS A BIBLE
IN THIS CHURCH THAT YOU COULDN'T MOVE AND I LATER
LEARNED THAT THE REASON IT COULDN'T BE MOVED WAS THAT
IT WAS MADE OF MARBLE OR STONE IN THE SHAPE OF THE HOLY
BIBLE.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name
BELIEF -- Magic Book

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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THE HEIG'S WOMEN

AT SHEBOSS CEMETERY THERE ARE FIVE LITTLE TOMB ROCKS
WHICH A GENERATION AGO WAS A MYSTERY TO THIS SECTION.
TWO GROWN WOMEN AND THREE CHILDREN (3 GIRLS) APPEARED
ON THE BANK OF CATHEY'S CREEK AND LIVED THEIR LIVES
AND WERE BURIED AT SHEBOSS AND NO ONE EVER KNEW WHERE
THEY CAME FROM. THEY WERE HARD WORKING PEOPLE AND THEIR
CHARACTER WAS ABOVE REPROACH, BUT THEY LIVED OUT THEIR
LIVES THERE AND NEVER TOLD ANYONE WHERE THEY CAME FROM.
THINK THEIR LIVES WERE SOME LIKE RUTH IN THE BIBLE,
THE FARMERS GAVE OF THEIR ABUNDANCE TO THEM. I'VE
HEARD THAT ONE FARMER HAD WHAT HE CALLED THE HEIG'S
WOMEN'S CRIB THAT HE SAVED CORN ON HIS PLACE TO GIVE
TO THEM.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Human Being
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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NOT GIVEN

HE WHO LAUGHS LAST LAUGHS BEST.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HAMPSHIRE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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GLASS HOUSES

PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN GLASS HOUSES SHOULDN'T THROW STONES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HAMPSHIRE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 08-13-1968

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PROVERB: LONGEVITY OF A CAT

A CAT HAS NINE LIVES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HAMPSHIRE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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PROVERB

A STITCH IN TIME SAVES NINE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HAMPSHIRE

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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BLOOD

SULPHUR AND MOLASSES IS GOOD FOR THE BLOOD.

Where learned: HAMPSHIRE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Medicine

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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