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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SWEEP AT NIGHT (SWEEP AWAY ALL YOU(R) GOOD LUCK.
IN THE OLD DAYS PEOPLE PLAYED FIREWORKS FOR THE MOSLEM HOLIDAYS,
AND THESE WERE PLAYED AT NIGHT. IF THEY SWEPT THEIR YARD IT
MEANT THAT THE PAPER FROM THE FIREWORKS WOULD DISAPPEAR, AND
THE PERSON COULD NOT BOAST TO HIS NEIGHBORS THAT HE HAD BOUGHT
SO MANY FIREWORKS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JAVA ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO GIVE HANDKERCHIEF TO YOUR SWEETHEART.
IN JAVANESE, THE WORD FOR HANDKERCHIEF IS "KATQU," A WORK
THAT ALWAYS OCCURS WITH "TEL," AND TOGETHER THEY MEAN
"BROKE UP."

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JAVA ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.545

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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IT MEANS BAD LUCK IF YOUR LEFT EYE IS SHAKING (BLINKING).

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; JAVA ; NASHVILLE

Keyword(s): TWITCHING?

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Eye twitch
BELIEF -- Bad luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 07-25-1968

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