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SUPERSTITION

ACCIDENTLY SWEEP SOMEONE'S FOOT WITH THE BROOM--BAD LUCK.
THIS CAN BE CONVERTED BY SPITTING ON THE BROOM.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT STATES THAT THE BROOM IS ASSOCIATED WITH
THE ACCESSORIES OF A WITCH, WHO IS SOMEONE EVIL. THEREFORE,
SWEEPING SOMEONE'S FOOT WITH THE BROOM IS THE SAME AS
TRANSFERRING EVIL SPIRITS TO THE PERSON. SPITTING IS
USED TO RID THE BODY OF THE EVIL SPIRITS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LOUNGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 02-22-1979

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SUPERSTITION

WEAR WHITE UNDERWEAR ON THE FIRST OF THE YEAR TO BE
PROTECTED FROM EVIL SPIRITS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

Submitter comment: WHITE, AS THE SIGN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS CAN NOT BE
TOLERATED BY EVIL SPIRITS, ACCORDING TO THE INFORMANT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LOUNGE

Subject headings: Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Overall body coverUpper body and arms
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Color

Date learned: 02-22-1979

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SUPERSTITION

STEPPING ON THE HEEL OF SOMEONES FOOT--BAD LUCK. THIS CAN
BE CONVERTED BY KNOCKING THREE TIMES ON THEIR BACK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT OFFERS NO EXPLAMATION FOR THE BELIEF BEYOND THE FACT
THAT STEPPING ON OTHER'S HEEL CAN CAUSE THE PERSON TO TRIP AND
FALL. THE INFORMANT SEES THE CONVERSION ACT AS PURE
NONSENSE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LOUNGE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

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SUPERSTITION

WALKING STRAIGHT AHEAD, TURNING AROUND, AND WALKING IN THE OPPOSITE
DIRECTION--BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THIS BELIEF WAS SEEN AS BAD LUCK BECAUSE IT DEMONSTRATED
A STATE OF INDECISION AND UNCERTAINTY IN WHICH DIRECTION TO
CONTINUE, AND THEREFORE THIS STATE WOULD PRODUCE HAVOC.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT ; LOUNGE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-22-1979

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