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IT IS BAD LUCK TO CUT A BABY'S FINGERNAILS BEFORE IT IS A YEAR
OLD. IF THE NAIL GETS SO LONG THAT THE BABY IS SCRATCHING
HIMSELF, YOU SHOULD BITE OFF THE NAILS.

Submitter comment: COUNTRY PEOPLE IN EASTERN KENTUCKY BELIEVED IN THIS SUPERSTI-

Where learned: KENTUCKY EASTERN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Maturity
BELIEF -- Bad luck Body parts and functions

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IF YOU CUT A BABY'S HAIR BEFORE IT IS A YEAR OLD, THE BABY
WILL DIE.

Submitter comment: I HAVE HEARD PEOPLE SAY THIS IN EASTERN KENTUCKY. MY FAMILY

Where learned: KENTUCKY EASTERN

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Maturity
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 08-04-1968

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I ALWAYS HEARD IN EASTERN KENTUCKY, THT IT WAS BAD LUCK
FOR A WOMAN TO GO INTO A MINE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY EASTERN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Activities

Date learned: 08-04-1968

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