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LEGEND

AT FLINTVILLE, TENNESSEE THERE IS AN OLD RAILROAD TRACK. IT
IS SAID THAT THE MAN THAT HOLD THE LANTERN AT THE BACK OF A
TRAIN FELL OFF THE TRAIN AT FLINTVILLE AND THE TRAIN RAN
OVER HIS HEAD AND CUT IT OFF. IF YOU GO TO THIS TRACK AT
CERTAIN TIMES YOU CAN SEE THE LIGHT SWINGING IN THE WIND.
IT IS SUPPOSSE TO BE THE MAN LOOKING FOR HIS HEAD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Legend

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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BELIEF

THE NUMBER OF WHITE SPOTS ON YOUR FINGERNAILS IS SUPPOSE TO
TELL THE NUMBER OF ADMIRERS YOU HAVE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: --

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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YOU SHOULD CASTRATE PIGS AND CALVES WHEN THE SIGN IS IN
EXTREMITIES, SO THEY WON'T BLEED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

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

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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WHEN YOU PLANT CROPS, YOU SHOULD PLANT THEM BY SIGN. PLANT
THEM WHEN YOU HAVE A SIGN IN LEGS OR LIMBS, SO IT WILL GROW
FASTER AND BE A RICH CROP.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

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

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IF YOU PLANT CORN WHEN SIGN IS IN THE BOWELS, IT WILL BE
SOFT AND NOT HARD

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

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

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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WHEN YOU KILL A GRANDADDY LONG-LEGS, LOOK AT THE WAY ITS
LEGS ARE POINTING AND IT IS SUPPOSE(D) TO SHOW WHICH
DIRECTION THE COWS WENT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): ARACHNID ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Use of Object Animals

Date learned: 07-06-1970

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IT IS VERY BAD LUCK IF A CLOCK THAT HAS STOPPED SUDDENLY
STRIKES. THIS HAPPENED TO HER ONE TIME AND SHE SAID
HER SISTER DIED; THIS IS WHY SHE THINKS IT IS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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IF A PREGNANT WOMAN IS SHOCKED BY SEEING SOME ANIMAL OR
SOME DISFIGURED PERSON, HER CHILD WILL BE MARKED BY THIS.
THE MARK MAY BE ON HIS FOREHEAD OR ANY PART OF HIS BODY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Curse

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IF YOU FIND AN EYELASH YOU ARE SUPPOSE(D) TO PUT IT
BETWEEN YOUR THUMB AND FINGER AND THEN GUESS WHICH ONE
IT WILL BE ON WHEN YOU HOLD YOUR HAND UP. IF YOU
GUESS THE RIGHT ONE, YOUR WISH WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES IT MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE COMPANY.
MY NOSE ITCHES, MY NOSE ITCHES,
SOMEBODY'S COMING WITH A HOLE IN HIS BRITCHES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

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THERE IS A HOUSE IN KNOXVILLE THAT IS SUPPOSE(D) TO BE
HAUNTED. A PREACHER LIVED THERE AND DIED AND IS BURIED
OUT BACK. HE HAD A BIBLE THT HE ALWAYS USED AND IT IS IN
THE HOUSE. YOU CAN SEE THE BIBLE, BUT YOU CAN'T PICK IT UP.
IT IS NOT NAILED DOWN OR TIED DOWN, IT JUST CAN'T BE PICKED UP
BECAUSE PEOPLE HAVE TRIED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 07-06-1970

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IF YOU LOSE SOMETHING AND DREAM ABOUT FINDING IT, YOU LOOK
IN THE PLACE YOU DREAMED IT WOULD BE, AND WILL FIND IT THERE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about objects

Date learned: 07-06-1970

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IF YOU DREAM ABOUT BEING KILLED AND YOU KNOW YOU ARE ABOUT
TO BE KILLED IN THE DREAM YOU WILL DIE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 07-06-1970

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SHE SAID THAT YOU SHOULD NEVER LET A WOMAN COME TO YOUR HOUSE
ON NEW YEAR'S DAY BECAUSE IT BRINGS BAD LUCK. SHE SAID THAT ONE
DAY A LADY CAME TO HER HOUSE ON THIS DAY AND IT MADE HER
CALENDAR THAT SHE LOVED FALL OFF THE WALL AND BURN UP.
ALSO SHE SAID THAT ONE TIME A MAN AND WOMAN CAME TO HER
HOUSE AND A FEW DAYS AFTER THEY HAD GONE, ONE OF HER
DOGS DIED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Mammal
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 07-04-1970

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IF YOU GET A PHONE CALL ON NEW YEAR'S MORNING, YOU WILL GET
A SAD MESSAGE SOMETIME THAT DAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A ROOSTER COMES TO YOUR DOOR AND CROWS TWICE, IT MEANS A
STRANGER IS COMING TO YOUR HOUSE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Seconds / Twice / Two
Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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IF A ROOSTER CROWS AT MIDNIGHT SOMEONE IS GOING TO DIE. IT
WILL BE SOMEONE WHO YOU KNOW AND LIKE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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SHE SAID THAT IT IS BAD LUCK TO TAKE ANYTHING OUT OF A
GRAVEYARD THAT DOESN'T BELONG TO YOU; FLOWERS OR ANY OTHER
ITEM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Keyword(s): STEALING

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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IF THE BRIDE SEES THE BRIDEGROOM ON THE DAY OF THE WEDDING, IT
WILL BRING THEM BAD LUCK IN THEIR FUTURE LIFE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FAYETTEVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Bride and groom must not see each other
BELIEF -- Bad luck P882.545

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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