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BURPING

IN INDIA THE PLEASING MANNER OF EXPRESSING A GOOD MEAL IS TO BURP
IN YOUR HOSTESS'S PRESENCE.
THIS IS REMEMBERED AS A COMMENT AFTER A VERY GOOD MEAL AT A FINE
RESTAURANT IN ATHENS, GREECE.

Where learned: GREECE ; ATHENS

Keyword(s): POLITENESS BURPING

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 08-00-1969

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NEW YEAR'S EVE CUSTOMS

IN GREECE, FOR NEW YEAR'S EVE, THEY BAKE A SPONGE CAKE AND PUT
A DRACHMA INSIDE. THE PERSON WHOSE PIECE OF CAKE HAS THE DRACHMA IN
IT WINS A PRIZE AND WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: GREECE ; ATHENS

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck

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NEW YEAR'S EVE CUSTOMS

IN GREECE, IT IS CUSTOMARY FOR PEOPLE TO VISIT EACH OTHER'S HOUSES
ON NEW YEAR'S EVE TO EXCHANGE GIFTS. THE CELEBRATION CONSISTS OF A
BIG MEAL. AFTER THE MEAL EVERYONE STAYS UP UNTIL MORNING TALKING,
SINGING AND DRINKING.

Where learned: GREECE ; ATHENS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 31 New Year's Eve
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 12-31-1979

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EVIL EYE SYNDROME

IN GREECE, TO WARD OFF THE EFFECTS OF THE EVIL EYE, SMALL BLUE
PLASTIC EYEBALLS ARE SOLD EVERYWHERE.

Where learned: GREECE ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Curse
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 12-00-1979

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June Bugs

As a child, we played a game of catching bugs and tieing a
string to their leg and letting them fly in a circle around us.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Special Object or Implement
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 01001952 CA

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Lightning Bugs (night light)

As a child, we would catch these bugs and put them in a jar.
Whoever caught the most bugs had the brightest light. We had no
street light and the only light we had was from the moon.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 01001952 CA

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Yard brooms

People would gather branches, tree limbs and straw, tie them
together to make a yard broom.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Raw Material
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Household furniture and utensil

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Education (11th grade)

High school was and still is a four-year program. Where I
grew up the high schools graduated students after the 11th grade,
the reason is that high schools started with the 7th grade.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- School

Date learned: 01001954 CA

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Dogs howling at night (or singing as elders would say) was a
sign of death, meaning that someone was dead or someone was going
to die.

James Callow comment: See Hand, North Carolina, nos. 5208-5214.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 01001950 CA

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Putting your hat on the bed meant you would bring yourself
bad luck.

James Callow comment: See Puckett, Ohio, nos. 3368 ("the boggyman will spank you"),
13928 ("you will be an old maid"), 18283, 18284 ("bad luck to the
owner of the hat"), 18285, 18288 ("new hat"), 18289 ("man's
hat"), 18291 ("bring a house bad luck"), 18292 ("on a friend's
bed"), 18295 ("and the police will be involved"), 18296 ("spit in
it three times before setting it down"), 18297 ("Never put your
hat on the bed upside down"), 18298 (the hat "should always be
placed upside down"), 27634 ("after a funeral"). Puckett has
many more items on this topic; I have selected only those items
which come from Africa

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 01001960 CA

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MENSTRUATION STORY

A MENSTRUATING WOMAN SHOULDN'T GET A PERMANENT IN HER HAIR
DURING THIS TIME AS IT WON'T TAKE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

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MENSTRUATION STORY

A MENSTRUATING WOMAN CAN'T CAN FOOD AS IT WILL RUIN.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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MENSTRUATION STORY

A MENSTRUATING WOMAN SHOULDN'T CHURN BECAUSE BUTTER WON'T
MAKE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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MENSTRUATION STORY

IF A WOMAN TAKES A DROP OF HER MENSTRUAL BLOOD AND PUTS IT IN
A MAN'S DRINK, HE WILL FALL IN LOVE WITH HER.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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MENSTRUATION STORY

IF A WOMAN KISSES A MAN WHILE SHE IS MENSTRUATING, SHE WILL
BEAR AN ILLEGITIMATE CHILD.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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OLD MAID

IF SOMEONE SWEEPS DIRECTLY UNDER YOUR FEET YOU WILL BE AN
OLD MAID.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Legend

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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IF YOU TAKE THE LAST SERVING OF ANYTHING, YOU WILL BE AN OLD
MAID.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Legend

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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HEM SUPERSTITION

IF YOU HEM IS TURNED UP, KISS IT AND MAKE A WISH AND IT
WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Legend

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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WEDDING GOWN

A HAIR SEWN INTO A WEDDING GOWN BY AN ENEMY OF THE BRIDE IS
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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SNAPPING TURTLE

A SNAPPING TURTLE IF IT BITES WON'T TURN LOOSE UNTIL IT
THUNDERS.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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