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IF A HOOT OWL COMES TO THE HOUSE DURING A FULL MOON,
AND HOOTS, THERE WILL BE A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Submitter comment: AN OWL CAME TO THE HOUSE JUST BEFORE GRANNY DIED, SO

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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A HEAVY SPIDER IS ANOTHER SIGN OF A HARD WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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IF THE SHUCK IS TIGHT ON AN EAR OF CORN, THERE WILL
BE A HARD WINER

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

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DOG DAYS--IT STARTS ON JULY 24 AND GOES THROUGH THE MONTH
OF AUGUST. DURING THESE DAYS, THEY SAY DOGS WILL GO MAD.
THEY ALSO SAY SORES WON'T HEAL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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YOU KNOW THE OLD ONE ABOUT THE BLACK CAT CROSSING IN
FRONT OF YOU, BUT RAILROAD MEN HAVE THEIR OWN WAY TO
CHANGE THE BAD LUCK. YOU JUST TURN YOUR CAP SIDEWAYS
AND NO CAT CAN BRING BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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IF YOU PLANT PLANTS THAT GO UNDER THE GROUND (LIKE POTATOES)
AND THE SIGN IS IN THE BREAST (?) THEY WILL ROT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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WHEN THERE'S A RING AROUND THE MOON, THAT MEANS RAIN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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YOU KNOW THERE ARE SIGNS TO PLANT BY. YOU CAN FIND THEM ON
ANY GOOD CALENDAR. WELL IF THE SIGN IS IN THE HEART AND
YOU MAKE KROUT, IT WON'T KEEP WORTH ANYTHING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

James Callow Keyword(s): SAUERKRAUT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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YOU SHOULD ALWAYS PLANT THINGS THAT GROW UNDER THE GROUND
WHEN IT'S THE DARK OF THE MOON. THEY'LL DO BETTER.
THE DARK OF THE MOON IS WHEN IT'S NOT FULL OR HALFWAY FULL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

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

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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WHEN YOU PLANT BY THE LIGHT OF THE MOON CORN WILL GROW TALL.
POTATOES WILL GO TO VINES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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NO MATTER WHEN A DOCTOR SAYS A BABY IS DUE, THAT BABY WILL BE
BORN AFTER EXACTLY NINE FULL MOONS. YOU CAN BET ON IT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

Subject headings: 686 Ninths / Nine
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN GOES TO A FUNERAL, THE BABY WILL BE
BORN PALE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

James Callow Keyword(s): COMPLEXION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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DAD: IF A CHILD IS BORN (WITH A VEIL) OVER HIS FACE (THE PLACENTA)
HE CAN SEE THINGS THAT OTHERS CAN'T. YOU KNOW YOUR BROTHER
WAS BORN WITH A VEIL OVER HIS FACE.
MAMA: WHO TOLD YOU THAT? I DIDN'T KNOW THAT.
DAD: DR. WOMACK TOLD ME.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

Keyword(s): CAUL

Subject headings: Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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DREAMING OF MUDDY WATER OR SNAKES MEANS BAD LUCK. IF THE
SNAKE WAS KILLED IN THE DREAM THE LUCK WOULDN'T BE TOO
BAD, BUT IF THE SNAKE GOT AWAY, IT WOULD BRING VERY
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; WARTRACE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Water
BELIEF -- Legend
BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 06-18-1972

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