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SNOW ATTRIBUTED TO GEESE

MRS. KIRBY CAN REMEMBER BEING TOLD THAT THE SNOW CAME FROM OLD
MASSA PICKING HIS GEESE AND LETTING ESCAPE FROM THE CLOUDS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mythology

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CUTTING STOVEWOOD

MR. MC CLENDON SAYS THAT IF YOU CUT YOUR STOVEWOOD ON THE
NEW MOON IN MARCH AND APRIL IT WILL DRY OUT BETTER AND NOT
ABSORB THE SUMMER RAIN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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DRY PEAS ON NEW YEAR'S DAY

MRS. KIRBY MOTHER-IN-LAW WOULD ALWAYS COOK DRY PEAS ON NEW
YEAR'S DAY AND AFTER DINNER PUT A PENNY IN HER CLOCK SO SHE
WOULD HAVE MONEY ALL THE YEAR.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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SWEEPING ON NEW YEAR'S

MRS. KIRBY REMEMBERS THAT HER MOTHER-IN-LAW WOULD NOT SWEEP
ANYTHING OUT THE DOOR ON NEW YEAR'S DAY FOR SHE THOUGHT SHE
WOULD BE SWEEOING OUT THE NEW YEAR. WHEN SHE SWEPT THE
FLOOR EVERYTHING WAS SWEPT INTO THE CORNER UNTIL THE NEXT
DAY WHEN IT WAS REMOVED.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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IF YOU SEE A LIZARD FIRST IN THE SPRING, YOU'LL BE PRETTY (OR
SMART); IF YOU SEE A SNAKE, YOU'LL BE SICKLY; IF YOU SEE
A FROG, YOU'LL BE LAZY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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IF A REAL OLD PERSON DIES, THERE WILL BE A BAD CLOUD (STORM).

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Human condition and activities

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BEADS MADE FROM THE ROOTS OF TREADSALVE (A TYPE OF THISTLE)
WERE WORN BY TEETHING BABIES SO THEIR GUMS WOULD NOT HURT SO
BADLY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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IF YOU PLANT YOUR GARDEN WHEN THE WIND IS OUT OF THE EAST, THE
INSECTS WILL DESTROY IT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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IT WON'T RAIN ON THE DARK (FIRST QUARTER MOON) NIGHTS IN JULY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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EACH STAR WITHIN A CIRCLE AROUND THE MOON STANDS FOR A DAY
THAT WILL PASS BEFORE IT WILL RAIN.

Submitter comment: MRS. MC CLENDON HEARD THIS FROM HER 91 YEAR OLD

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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IF IT RAINS AND THE SUN SHINES, IT WILL RAIN AT THAT SAME TIME
THE NEXT DAY, MOSTLY IN JULY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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VEGETABLES PLANTED WHEN THE SIGN IS "IN THE BOWELS" WILL
CAUSE BOWEL TROUBLE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Keyword(s): ALAMANAC ZODIAC

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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BEANS SHOULD BE PLANTED ON GOOD FRIDAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: 663 Good Friday
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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CORN SHOULD BE PLANTED WHEN THE WHIP-O-WILL CALLS.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Keyword(s): WHIP-OR-WILL WHIPORWHILL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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YOU SHOULD PLANT COTTON WHEN THE LIGHTENING BUGS COME OUT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Keyword(s): LIGHTNING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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FISH WON'T BITE WHEN THE COWS ARE LYING DOWN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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SUMMER CEDARS WILL DIE IF THEY ARE CUT WHEN THE MOON IS FULL
IN AUGUST.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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CORN SHOULD BE PLANTED ON THE "DARK" (MOONLESS) NIGHTS IN APRIL.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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