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GOOD LUCK

TAKE THREE VERY SILVER QUARTERS AND PUT THEM ON YOUR BACK.
NEXT TAKE A GLASS AND PUT IT OVER THE THREE QUARTERS.
FINALLY, LIGHT A CANDLE UNDER THE GLASS AND IT WILL DRAW
ALL OF THE EVIL SPIRITS OUT OF YOUR BACK.

Submitter comment: HIS GRANDMOTHER TOLD HIM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Keyword(s): BACKACHE ; TRANSFERENCE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 12-02-1967

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HICCUPS

TO GET RID OF HICCUPS DRINK A GLASS OF WATER
FROM THE BACK OF THE LIP OF THE GLASS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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THE BODY IS BATHED BEFORE BURIAL AND WRAPPED IN WHITE
SHEETS. OLD TRADITION BECAUSE THE BODY, FACE, AND
HANDS CAME INTO THE WORLD CLEAN AND SHOULD LEAVE
IN THE SAME MANNER.

Submitter comment: OLD COUNTRY TRADITION.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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ARABIAN CUSTOM

WHEN (A) BODY IS BURIED IN ARABIA IT ALWAYS FACED
THE EAST AND NEVER THE WEST.

Submitter comment: TRADITION OF OLD COUNTRY.

Where learned: DETROIT ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 12-01-1967

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ARABIAN WOMEN ARE NOT JUDGED BY FACIAL BEAUTY,
BUT THE BEAUTY OF THEIR HAIR. THE BLACKER THE HAIR
THE PRETTIER THE GIRL.

Submitter comment: OLD COUNTRY TRADITION.

Where learned: J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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DO NOT REMOVE THE VEIL OF A MARRIED WOMAN
BECAUSE IT COULD CAUSE HER DEATH BY THE HAND OF
HER HUSBAND.

Submitter comment: OLD COUNTRY TRADITION.

Where learned: J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Marriage Removing veil

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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IF YOU WANT TO REMOVE A WART YOU TAKE A PIECE OF MEAT AND
RUB IT OVER THE WART. THEN YOU BURY THE MEAT AND WHEN THE
MEAT ROTS, THE WART WILL FALL OFF.

Submitter comment: HEARD IT FROM HER MOTHER.

Where learned: J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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IF SOMEONE TALKS BEHIND YOUR BACK, SPIT IN
FOUR CORNERS OF A ROOM.

Submitter comment:

HEARD FROM A FRIEND.

Data entry tech comment:

Updated by TRD

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Keyword(s): BELIEF ; Corners ; CUSTOM ; GOSSIP ; Response ; SPIT ; SUPERSTITION ; TALK

James Callow Keyword(s): DIRECTION ; POSITION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Conversions P883.22

Date learned: 11-25-1967

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Superstition

Superstition: Bad Luck:

A howling dog means someone will die shortly.

Submitter comment:

[Informant] learned from her grandmother.

Data entry tech comment:

Motifs added by TRD

James Callow comment:

Original BN [P880] crossed out and replaced with P870

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; J L HUDSONS COMPANY

Keyword(s): BAD LUCK ; BELIEF ; DOG ; Howling ; OMEN ; SUPERSTITION

Subject headings: Observation

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