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Lady Bug

If a lady bug landed on you, you would say this little verse
and blow it off your hand. If it flew away out of sight, without
landing, her children were safe.
Lady Bug, Lady Bug
Fly fast away
Your house is on fire
And your children astray.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNKNOWN ; ROSEVILLE ; Child

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Lyrical Verse Lyrical Verse
BELIEF -- Insect

Date learned: 00001950S

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A PAIR OF SHOES ON THE TABLE BRINGS BAD LUCK.

Where learned: Child

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Furniture (bed, table, chair, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 00-00-1950

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MY MOTHER BELIEVES THAT IF YOU HAVE A DREAM ABOUT
A PRIEST, SOMEONE WILL DIE. SIMILARLY, IF YOU
MEET ONE ON A STREET, YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: Child

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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