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YOUNG NEGRO CHILDREN WERE ONCE TAUGHT NOT TO DRINK COFFEE
BECAUSE IT WILL MAKE THEM DARK.

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Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Keyword(s): CHILDREN ; Coffee ; Coffee ; COLOR ; Dark ; Pigmentation ; SKIN ; SUPERSTITION ; WARNING

James Callow Keyword(s): COLOR OF SKIN COMPLEXION

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Non-alcoholic fruit beverage Coffee
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A GIRL OR A WOMAN SHOULD NOT TAKE A BATH DURING HER MENSES,
ESPECIALLY IN THE WINTER TIME.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT IS RAINING, THE DEVIL IS WHIPPING
HIS WIFE WITH A RIN PAN.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; HUNTSVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): DEVIL BEATING HIS WIFE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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A PREGNANT WOMAN SHOULD NOT LAUGH AT ANY DEFORMED PERSON
OR HER UNBORN CHILD WILL HAVE THE SAME DEFORMITY.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)

Date learned: 06-20-1972

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DON'T LET A PREGNANT WOMAN COMB YOUR HAIR OR IT WILL FALL
OUT OR BREAK OFF.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; HUNTSVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-19-1972

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IF YOU DREAM OF FISH SOMEONE IN YOUR FAMILY IS PREGNANT.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Keyword(s): WATER BAG OF WATERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling about birth and life
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A DREAM OF A CHILD BEING BORN MEANS THAT SOMEONE IS GOING
TO DIE.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling about birth and life

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A DREAM OF DEATH MEANS THAT SOMEONE IS GOING TO BE BORN.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

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

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WISH ON A SHOOTING STAR IMMEDIATELY. IF YOU SAY YOUR WISH
COMPLETELY (AND SILENTLY) BEFORE IT FALLS, THE WISH WILL
COME TRUE.

Where learned: BIRMINGHAM ; ALABAMA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Prayer

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IF A GROUND HOG SEES HIS SHADOW, WE WILL HAVE SIX MORE WEEKS
OF COLD WEATHER.

Data entry tech comment: ON GROUNDHOG'S DAY, PRESUMABLY.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 2 Candlemas Groundhog Day
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Plants
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO WALK AROUND WITH ONE SHOE ON AND ONE SHOE OFF.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WORK ON SABBATH

IT IS BAD LUCK TO DO ANY TYPE OF HOUSEWORK ON SUNDAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IN ORDER TO REMEMBER EVERYTHING IN A BOOK, SLEEP WITH IT
UNDER YOUR HEAD.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

James Callow Keyword(s): CONTAGIOUS MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU BREAK A MIRROR, YOU WILL HAVE SEVEN YEARS OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: 686 Seven / Sevenths / Several
BELIEF -- Bad luck Mirror

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU GET SWEPT ON THE FOOT BY A BROOM, IT IS BAD LUCK.
YOU CAN CHANGE IT BY SPITTING ON THE BROOM.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping
BELIEF -- Conversions Broom Sweeping
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOU SWEEP TRASH OUT OF THE DOOR AT NIGHT, IT MAKES THE
GHOST ANGRY.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO LEAVE AN UMBRELLA OPEN IN THE HOUSE.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Umbrella

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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A PERSON IS MEAN IF HIS EYEBROWS MEET.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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GIRLS SHOULDN'T WEAR PATENT LEATHER SHOES BECAUSE THEY WILL
REFLECT THEIR UNDERWEAR.

Where learned: ALABAMA, ASSUMED ; HUNTSVILLE

Keyword(s): TEMPTATION PROVOCATION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Daily Life

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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