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WEAR YOUR WEDDING RING ON THE FOURTH FINGER OF YOUR LEFT
HAND BECAUSE THE VEIN IN THAT FINGER RUNS DIRECTLY TO THE
HEART.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Marriage Worn on left hand

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IF YOU HEAR THUNDER BEFORE SEVEN, IT WILL RAIN BEFORE
ELEVEN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 09-28-1973

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IF THE SUN SETS CLEAR ON FRIDAY, IT WILL RAIN BY MONDAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

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

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IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT RAINS, IT WILL RAIN THE NEXT
DAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

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

Date learned: 09-18-1973

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THROWING RICE ON A WEDDING DAY SYMBOLIZES FERTILITY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Rice

Date learned: 10-02-1973

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IF YOU MARRY ON A RAINY DAY, YOU WILL HAVE A MISERABLE
MARRIAGE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

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

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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IF YOU LOOK AT THE PERSON YOU ARE GOING TO MARRY BEFORE THE
CEREMONY YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Bad luck Crucial moment of life

Date learned: 10-02-1973

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NEVER SWEEP UNDER ANYONE'S FEET BECAUSE IT WILL PREVENT
THE PERSON FROM GETTING MARRIED.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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DO NOT WASH CLOTHES OF ANY KIND ON NEW YEAR'S DAY; IF YOU
DO YOU WILL LOSE A MEMBER OF THE FAMILY BEFORE THE YEAR IS
OUT.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH EITHER TURN AROUND AND
GO THE OTHER WAY OR ROLL UP YOUR SLEEVES.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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TIE UP SOME ASSAPHOEDITA IN A RAG AND PUT IT AROUND YOUR
CHILDREN'S NECK AND THIS WILL PREVENT HIM FROM CATCHING
ANY DISEASE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): ASAFETIDA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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IF YO HAVE THE HICCUPS, PUT A PAPER SACK OVER YOUR HEAD
AND THEY WILL GO AWAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 09-28-1973

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IF YOU GET A SLIVER IN YOUR HAND OR FINGER, RUB IT IN
YOUR HAIR AND THE FINGER WILL NOT BE SORE.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

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IF TWO PEOPLE ARE WALKING AND COME TO A COLUMN, IT IS
BAD LUCK TO GO AROUND OPPOSITE SIDES.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): SPLITTING A POLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 09-26-1973

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IF A BLACK CAT CROSSES YOUR PATH, TURN YOUR HAT AROUND
AND YOU WILL NOT HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals
BELIEF -- Conversions Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)

Date learned: 09-26-1973

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NEVER TELL YOUR DREAMS BEFORE BREAKFAST BECAUSE IT WILL
BRING BAD LUCK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.
BELIEF -- Dreams
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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IF YOU START SOMEPLACE AND FORGET SOMETHING, DON'T GO
BACK UNLESS YOU MAKE A CROSS MARK WITH YOUR FOOT AND
SPIT IN IT OR YOU WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications
BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions Leaving Entering Returning home Travel
SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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YOU WILL BRING BAD LUCK UPON YOURSELF IF YOU CUT OUT A
DRESS OR START ANYTHING ON FRIDAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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IF YOU SPILL SALT, PICK UP THE SHAKER AND THROW SOME OVER
YOUR LEFT SHOULDER TO PREVENT BAD LUCK.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; GADSDEN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Conversions Sex

Date learned: 10-15-1973

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