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Down South dragon flies are called snake doctors by the old
blacks because they believe that dragon flies bring dead
snakes back to life and the blacks are really afraid of
snakes. So, whenever a black man sees a dragon fly around
he knows that there's a snake around.

Where learned: VIRGINIA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 00001977CA

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Rabbit Track Stew

Down South when a husband is sent out hunting and doesn't get
anything (usually because he got drunk instead of hunting) he
will come home and ask his wife if she can make dinner with
rabbit tracks because that's all he could catch. Also,
rabbit track stew is what people eat when times are tough
and there's not enough food.

Where learned: VIRGINIA, ASSUMED

James Callow Keyword(s): non-food

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Work Commerce Business
Food Drink -- Meat Wild animal
SPEECH -- Vocabulary

Date learned: 00001975CA

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According to the people down South a Curmudgeon is a Trolls
cousin. The only difference between the two is that the
Curmudgeons are meaner.

Where learned: VIRGINIA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being
BELIEF -- Angel

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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According to the people down South, Cherubs are cousins to
Trolls but are much nicer than Trolls.

Where learned: VIRGINIA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Supernatural Being

Date learned: 00-00-1975

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On the weekends we'd go up into the mountains and go fishing.
Sometimes if somebody was new to our group we'd get them to go
snipe huntin' with burlap bags. We'd send them into a little
knoll and tell them to wait while we went up to scare the snipes
their way. Then we'd go fishin' and leave the fools to figure
out
what was goin' on.

Submitter comment: According to Dave snipe are small birds and do exist.

Where learned: VIRGINIA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Entertainment Diversion

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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THIS WAS COLLECTED WHILE AT VIRGINIA BEACH IN THE SUMMER
OF 1966. UPON LOOKING AT SEVERAL PEOPLE'S FEET,
MRS. SWEROCK MADE THE FOLLOWING REMARK; WHICH SHE HAD
HEARD WHEN A LITTLE GIRL:
IF A WIFE'S TOE NEXT TO THE BIG TOE IS TALLER THAN THE
BIG TOE, SHE WILL DIE BEFORE HER HUSBAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; WYANDOTTE ; VIRGINIA BEACH ; VIRGINIA, ASSUMED

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN ; 00-00-1966

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OUR GRANDMOTHER BELIEVED THAT LIGHTED LAMPS AND CANDLES AT
NIGHT WOULD KEEP AWAY GHOSTS AND WITCHES.

Where learned: VIRGINIA, ASSUMED ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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THE WAY YOU ACT AND FEEL ON THE FIRST DAY OF THE NEW YEAR
IS THE WAY YOU'LL BE MOST OF THE YEAR.

Where learned: VIRGINIA, ASSUMED ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions

Date learned: 03-23-1969

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PUT ST. JOHN'S WORK (WORT?) IN (A) PILLOW TO FORETELL ONE'S
FUTURE IN DREAMS.

Where learned: HOME ; VIRGINIA, ASSUMED ; NORTH GARDEN

Keyword(s): PLANT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Use of Object Plant

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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A FRIDAY NIGHT DREAM TOLD BEFORE BREAKFAST ON SATURDAY WILL
COME TRUE.

Where learned: HOME ; VIRGINIA, ASSUMED ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 03-23-1969

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IF YOU DREAM OF FIRE, YOU'RE GOING TO BE MAD. IF YOU DREAM
OF A BIRTH, IT IS A SIGN OF DEATH.

Where learned: HOME ; VIRGINIA, ASSUMED ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death

Date learned: 03-23-1969

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PROVERB

EASIER SAID THAN DONE.

Where learned: VIRGINIA, ASSUMED ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Phrase
PROVERB -- Proverbial Comparison

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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PROVERB

EAT DRIED APPLES FOR BREAKFAST,
DRINK WATER FOR LUNCH,
SWELL UP FOR SUPPER.

Where learned: VIRGINIA, ASSUMED ; NORTH GARDEN

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Apothegm Maxim

Date learned: 05-04-1969

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