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IF A LIGHT'S BURNED OUT, KISS YOUR SWEETHEART, IT'S GOOD
LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck
SPEECH -- Gesture

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WHEN YOU DIE YOU SURELY WILL GO TO HEAVEN BECAUSE YOU'RE
LIVING HELL ON EARTH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 11-03-1973

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FIREY SUNSETS MAKE STRONG WINDS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: PROSE NARRATIVE -- Wind Whirlwind Hurricane Cyclone Tornado
BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF YOU WANT THINGS TO GROW ABOVE THE GROUND PLANT IN THE
LIGHT OF THE MOON.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Spring Planting
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF YOU SEE A NEW MOON THROUGH THE BRUSH, YOU WILL HAVE AS
MANY TROUBLES AS THERE ARE BRANCHES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
Observation
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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WHEN THE HOGS ARE SQUEELING, IT'S GONNA GET COLD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): SQUEAL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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LIGHTNING MAKES SWEET MILK TURN SOUR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): FOOD AND DRINK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Lightning Thunder

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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EVERYTIME SHE, A WOMAN, HAS A BIRTH SHE LOSES A TOOTH OR
FOUR EVERY BABY A TOOTH. THE CALCIUM THE MOTHER USES FOR
THE BABY CAUSES ONE OF HER TEETH TO GO BAD.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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OL' MIZ HURT USED TO SAY SHE'D MARKED HER DAUGHTER WITH
STRAWBERRIES. SHE WAS BORN WITH RED MARKS UNDER HER CHIN
AND ON HER CHEST; ALWAYS TURNED RED WHEN THE STRAWBERRIES
GOT RIPE.

Submitter comment: MRS. NEWMAN BELIEVED THAT MARKS WERE CAUSED WHEN THE
PREGNANT WOMAN HAD A CRAVING AND IT WASN'T SATISFIED.
THEN THE FIRST PLACE THE MOTHER PUT HER HAND ON HER OWN
BODY, THEN THAT WOULD BE WHERE THE BABY WOULD BE MARKED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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WHEN YOU HEAR A WHIP-O-WHIRL CALL IT'S TIME TO PLANT CORN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): WHIPPOORWILL WHIP-O-WILL

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- P663

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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WHEN THERE'S A RING AROUND THE MOON AS MANY STARS AS ARE IN
THE RING, IT WILL RAIN THAT MANY DAYS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Circle and other round forms
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF YOU DON'T WANT YOUR DOG TO LEAVE HOME, CUT THE HAIR OFF
THE END OF HIS TAIL AND BURY IT UNDER THE DOOR.

Submitter comment: WE HAD AN OLD NIGGER WOMAN WHO BELIEVED THAT. MY SON
US'T TO BRING HOME A LOT OF STRAY DOGS. AND WE COULDN'T
GET 'EM TO GO AWAY. SHE ALWAYS US'T SWEEP UNDER THE FRONT
PORCH 'CAUSE HE WAS BOUND TO HAVE HAIR UNDER THERE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): AGE

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

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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PRICK A WART UNTIL IT BLEEDS, PUT THE BLOOD ON A GRAIN OF
CORN AND FEED IT TO A ROOSTER AND THE WART WILL GO AWAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): TRANSFER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF A BABY IS BORN WITH A VEIL, SOME KIND OF THIN SKIN OVER
ITS FACE, IT CAN FORETELL THE FUTURE.

Submitter comment: WHENEVER A BABY WAS BORN, MY MOTHER US'T ALWAYS ASK IF IT
WAS BORN WITH A VEIL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): CAUL

Subject headings: Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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SLEEP ON A PIECE OF WEDDING CAKE AND YOU'LL DREAM OF YOUR
FUTURE HUSBAND.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage Wedding cake
BELIEF -- Marriage Things under pillow
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about friends and lovers

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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WHEN YOU DREAM OF BED BUGS, YOU'RE GONNA BE SICK.
SOMEONE TOLD ME JUST THE OTHER DAY SHE'D BEEN REAL SICK
AND SHE'D DREAMED OF BED BUGS SO SHE KNEW IT WAS COMIN'.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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IF YOU DREAM OF A WEDDING, THERE WILL BE A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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PEEL AN APPLE WITH AN UNBROKEN PEEL, THROW IT OVER YOUR LEFT
SHOULDER AND IT WILL MAKE AN INITIAL OF YOUR FUTURE HUSBAND.

Submitter comment: I US'T DO THAT TIME AND TIME AGAIN. IT NEVER DID WORK THOUGH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; HENDERSONVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 00-00-1972

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