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EVIL EYE IN INDIA

IF THE EYE HAS BEEN CAST UPON YOU
YOU WILL GET SICK OR SOMETHING BAD WILL HAPPEN.
TO TAKE IT AWAY YOU MUST WAVE A MIXTURE OF RED CHILES
AND SALT OVER THE CHILD'S HEAD. AT THE SAME TIME
YOU RECITE A CRADLE AND END UP BY WAVING OVER THE
HEAD IN THE SHAPE OF A CROSS.
THEN YOU MUST THROW IT INTO THE FIRE TO BURN.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; TOLD AT INFORMANTS HOME ; EAST QUAD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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EVIL EYE DISTRACTION

TO PREVENT A CHILD FROM BEING OVERCOME BY THE
EVIL EYE THE PEOPLE FROM INDIA PUT A BLACK
SPOT ON THE FOREHEAD OF THE CHILD,
THUS DISTRACTING FROM IT'S BEAUTY AND
KEEPING THE EVIL EYE AWAY.

Where learned: HOME ; MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; EAST QUAD

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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GOOD LUCK FOR A SAILOR

SOME BABIES ARE BORN WITH A THIN VEIL OF SKIN OVER THEIR FACES.
SAILORS WILL PAY A GREAT PRICE FOR THIS SKIN BECAUSE
IT WILL PREVENT SHIPWRECK WHILE ON A JOURNEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; EAST QUAD ; DORMS

Keyword(s): CAUL

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-05-1971

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MATCHMAKING

IN INDIA A COUPLE IS MATCHED FOR MARRIAGE BY MATCHING THEIR
HOROSCOPES AND MAKING SURE THAT THEIR STARS ARE AGREEABLE.

Where learned: HOME ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; EAST QUAD

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Parental arrangement of marriage

Date learned: DATE NOT RECORDED BY COLLECTOR

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