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MART OWENS USED TO RUN A STORE ON MAIN STREET. HE AND I WERE
GREAT FRIENDS AND WOULD OFTEN TALK TOGETHER. ONCE HE TOLD ME
HOGS MUST BE KILLED IN THE "OLD" OF THE MOON. OTHERWISE,
THE MEAT WOULD CURL UP IN THE FRYING PAN. HE HAD SEEN IT
TRIED. I HADN'T, WHO WAS I TO ARGUE THE CASE OF HOG
KILLING IN TIME OF A NEW MOON? HE HAD HIS FOLKLORE TALE. I
HAD NOTHING.

Submitter comment: AS A YOUNG GIRLI HAVE BEEN IN MR. OWENS STORE. HIS YOUNGEST

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; WILLIAMSBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): BUTCHERING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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COAL MINER'S BELIEF

AN ANCIEN BELIEF AMONG MANY COAL MINERS IS THAT IT IS BAD LUCK
FOR A WOMAN TO COME INTO THE MINES. I ASKED THREE VETERANS
OF COAL MINING, CANDY WRIGHT, RICH CLAUSE, AND BILL STOTT,
IF THEY HAD HEARD THIS OLD SAYING. THEY SAID THEY HAD HEARD
IT MANY TIMES, BUT THEY DIDN'T BELIEVE IT. THEY REMEMBERED
WOMEN BEING ALLOWED TO TOUR THE MINES WHERE THEY WORKED AND
NOTHING HAPPENED. THIS TALE IS JUST "DOODLE DUST" AS WE
MINERS SAY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; WILLIAMSBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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IF YOU HEAR A COW "MOO" AFTER MIDNIGHT, THIS IS A
SURE WARNING OF A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; WILLIAMSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-06-1967

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THERE IS A BELIEF IN SOME COASTAL TOWNS THAT A SICK PERSON
CANNOT DIE UNTIL THE TIDE BEGINS TO EBB OR GO OUT.
ONLY WHEN THE TIDES EBB DO SOULS PUT OUT TO SEA.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; WILLIAMSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

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CARRY A RABBIT'S FOOT IN YOUR COAT POCKET FOR GOOD LUCK.
SOME PEOPLE CARRY A BUCKEYE.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; WILLIAMSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Animals

Date learned: 03-06-1969

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HANG A HORSESHOE OVER THE DOOR FOR GOOD LUCK.

Submitter comment: I HAVE PERSONALLY SEEN THIS MANY TIMES.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; WILLIAMSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 03-06-1969

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THE SCOTCH BELIEVE IT IS BAD LUCK FOR EITHER OF TWO LOVERS TO
GIVE THE OTHER ONE A BIBLE BEFORE MARRIAGE OR TO BE MARRIED
IN ANY MONTH HAVING AN "A" IN IT, SUCH AS MAY AND THAT'S
WHY SO MANY PEOPLE MARRY IN JUNE.
THE BRIDE SHOULD NEVER SEE HER MAN ON THE WEDDING DAY
BEFORE TIME FOR THE CEREMONY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; WILLIAMSBURG

Keyword(s): SCOTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- June
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- FIRST MONDAY IN SEPTEMBER
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- First Monday in September
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F100
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F110
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F120
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Marriage Bride and groom must not see each other
BELIEF -- Magic Book
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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AUNT ELLEN TYE LIVED OUT IN ROCKY HOLLOW. SHE TOLD ME IN
TIME OF CHILDBIRTH IT WOULD BE WELL TO PUT AN AX UNDER THE
BED. THIS WOULD CUT THE PAIN, SAID AUNT ELLEN. WELL,
SHE HAD HER CONVICTION ABOUT THIS BACKED UP BY PROVEN CASES,
SO I JUST LISTENED--GAVE HER MY RESPECTFUL ATTENTION
ON THE SUBJECT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; WILLIAMSBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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DEAD MAN'S HOLLER

IN VIRGINIA THEY HAVE VALLEYS. IN CALIFORNIA THEY
HAVE CANYONS. IN THE KENTUCKY MOUNTAINS WE MOSTLY
HAVE HOLLERS. DEAD MAN'S HOLLER OVER NEAR LAUDEN IS A
LONESOME GHOSTLY PLACE. THE STORY I WAS TOLD IS THAT
A UNION SOLDIER CAME THROUGH GUARDING A CONFEDERATE
PRISONER DURING THE CIVIL WAR. THE PRISONER FOUND A
CHANCE TO KILL HIS CAPTOR. HE DID AND THEN BURIED
THE UNION SOLDIER IN A SHALLOW GRAVE AND HUNG HIS
BOOTS ON THE LIMB OF A TREE. EVER SINCE THAT DAY
THAT PLACE HAS BEEN CALLED DEAD MAN'S HOLLER.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; WILLIAMSBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): HOLLOW

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Explanation of a name

Date learned: 05-01-1969

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PROVERBIAL COMPARISON: SLICK

AS SLICK AS A RIBBON.

Submitter comment: SLICK MEANS NEAT.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; WILLIAMSBURG

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 03-00-1969

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ONE A MAN IS CHAWED BY A SHARK HE'S SHARK JOINTED FOR THE
REST OF HIS LIFE.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; WILLIAMSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Fish

Date learned: 00-00-1965

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