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IF A SOLDIER ENTERS YOUR HOME, YOU MUST BE HOSPITABLE
AND GRANT EVERY WISH THEY DESIRE IN ORDER TO RETAIN GOOD LUCK
IN THE HOME. THIS BROUGHT GOOD LUCK IF DONE CORRECTLY.
IF NOT FOLLOWED THROUGH, MISFORTUNE MAY OCCUR TO MALE MEMBERS
OF THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF WAS HELD BY INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER
DURING 1940-1941 WHEN ENGLAND WAS IN WWII ALONE WITHOUT
THE AID OF THE UNITED STATES.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- B439
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Legend
BELIEF -- Good luck
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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WHEN A FULL MOON OCCURS IN JULY, ALL THE WINDOWS
MUST BE KEPT OPEN TO FREE THE RESTLESS SPIRITS.
IF NOT THE SPIRITS WOULD REMAIN FOR THE REMAINDER OF
THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER WAS TOLD THIS BY HER MOTHER
AND CONTINUED TO PRACTICE THE BELIEF, PASSING
IT ON TO HER CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN.

Where learned: ENGLAND ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE ; RECEIVED IN MAIL

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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ON THE FIRST SIGHT OF SPRING, A CELEBRATION MUST
BE INITIATED BY THE FAMILIES WHO HAVE TWO OR MORE BOYS
IN THE VILLAGE TO INSURE GOOD LUCK FOR THE NEW YEAR.

Submitter comment: IT WAS BELIEVED THIS WOULD INSURE HEALTHY BIRTHS OF
ALL CHILDREN AND WOULD INCREASE THE BIRTHS OF BOYS.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of time Spring
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IT IS NECESSARY TO BOIL A POTATOE ON THE FIRST
DAY OF SCHOOL TO GUARANTEE GOOD LUCK FOR THE
STUDENT FOR THE REST OF THE SCHOOL YEAR.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- School
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IF YOU SEE A FUNERAL PROCESSION,
YOU MUST HOLD ONTO A BUTTON BECAUSE IT IS BAD LUCK
NOT TO DO SO.

Where learned: COLLECTED BY MAIL ; COOKHAM RISE ; BERKSHIRE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life
BELIEF -- Conversions Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 00-00-1980

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