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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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PREGNANCY BELIEF

IF YOUR STOMACH STICKS OUT IN FRONT, IT'S A BOY. IF IT STICKS OUT
ON THE SIDES, IT'S A GIRL.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; BIRMINGHAM ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 07-26-1968

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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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IN ORDER TO HAVE GOOD LUCK ALL YEAR, EAT BLACK-EYED PEAS
AND HOG HEAD ON NEW YEAR'S DAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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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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GOLD

ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BLIND LEADING BLIND

THE BLIND CANNOT LEAD THE BLIND BECAUSE BOTH OF THEM
MAY FALL INTO THE DITCH.

Data entry tech comment: MATTHEW 15:14--IF A BLIND MAN LEADS A BLIND MAN, BOTH WILL
FALL INTO A DITCH. LUKE 6:39--CAN A BLIND MAN LEAD A BLIND
MAN? WILL THEY NOT BOTH FALL INTO A DITCH?

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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WAGON

AN EMPTY WAGON MAKES A LOT OF NOISE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; MONTGOMERY

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor
PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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