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INFORMANT'S GRANDMOTHER USED TO GO (TO) THE BARN IN THE
SPRING, GET THREE HORSESHOES, AND NAME ONE THE HAWK, ONE
THE CROW, AND ONE OF THE OWL. UPON RETURNING TO THE HOUSE,
SHE WOULD PITCH THEM INTO THE FIREPLACE, TO KEEP HAWKS,
CROWS, AND OWLS FROM CATCHING THE CHICKENS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Fire
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Measure of time Summer
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 07-05-1970

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WHENEVER A GROUP OF CATS GATHER IN A GRAVEYARD ON THE
NIGHT OF THE NEW MOON, THEY ARE INHABITED FOR THAT NIGHT
BY THE SPIRITS OF THE DEAD. THEY WILL CONVERSE (LOUDLY)
ALL NIGHT LONG, BUT IN THE MORNING THEY WILL BE "ONLY"
CATS AGAIN.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): Cats ; Dead ; GHOST ; GRAVEYARD ; Inhabit ; MOON ; New Moon ; SPIRIT ; Tale

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 10-14-1973

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WHENEVER WALKING PAST A GRAVEYARD, SPIT THREE TIMES
THROUGH THE GATE OR THERE WILL BE A DEATH IN THE FAMILY
WITHIN A MONTH.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): DEATH ; FAMILY ; GRAVEYARD ; SPIT ; SUPERSTITION ; THREE

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Conversions

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TEA MADE FROM THE ROOTS OF A TREE WHICH GROWS IN A
GRAVEYARD WILL CURE A FEVER.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; CURE ; Fever ; GRAVEYARD ; REMEDY ; Roots ; TEA ; Tree

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 12-01-1973

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IF A CAT HAS A CROSS-SHAPED MARK ON ITS FOREHEAD, IT IS
DESCENDED FROM THE LITTER WHICH WAS BORN AT THE NATIVITY
OF CHRIST.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): Born ; CAT ; Cross ; Descendant ; Fur ; Litter ; Mark ; Nativity ; SIGN ; Tale

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal

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IF A CAT LEAVES A HOUSE WHERE THERE IS AN ILLNESS AND
REFUSES TO COME BACK, THE PATIENT WILL NOT RECOVER.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): Abandon ; ANIMAL ; CAT ; DEATH ; ILLNESS ; PROPHECY ; Recovery

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Mammal

Date learned: 10-14-1973

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THE "DRIPPINGS" FROM A ROAD, WHEN MIXED HALF-AND-HALF WITH
WATER, WILL HELP YOU RECOVER YOUR STRENGTH, ESPECIALLY
AFTER THE FLU.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Beef ; Broth ; Drippings ; Flu ; ILLNESS ; REMEDY ; Roast ; Soup ; TEA ; WATER

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 10-14-1973

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TOOTHACHE REMEDY:
CHEW ON SEVERAL LEAVES OF CATNIP.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

Keyword(s): AILMENT ; Catnip ; Chew ; CURE ; Herb ; Herbal ; ILLNESS ; Leaves ; REMEDY ; TOOTHACHE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 09-29-1973

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IF A PERSON IS SERIOUSLY ILL AND NOT EXPECTED TO RECOVER,
GO BUILD A COFFIN AND SET IT IN FRONT OF THE HOUSE. SO
WHEN DEATH COMES TO TAKE AWAY THAT PERSON, HE WILL SEE
THE COFFIN AND THINK THAT ANOTHER DEATH HAS ALREADY
GOTTEN HIM. DEATH WILL GO AND THE PERSON WILL RECOVER.

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Where learned: TENNESSEE ; MCKENZIE

James Callow Keyword(s): Coffin ; DEATH ; Fool ; ILLNESS ; Reaper ; TRICK

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 10-14-1973

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