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SICILIAN BELIEF

MANY SICILIANS BELIEVE THAT A MOTHER WHO CONTINUES TO
SUCKLE HER PRESENT CHILDREN WILL BE FREE FROM FUTURE
PREGNANCY.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; MIAMI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00-00-1960

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BELIEF (CUSTOM)

WHEN A BABY IS BORN, THE AFTERBIRTH IS DRIED CARE-
FULLY IN AN OVEN. THE HUSBAND WEARS A BAND OF THE
DRIED AFTERBIRTH ON HIS HAT. HE BELIEVES THIS
GIVES HIM STRENGTH.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A CUSTOM OF THE BAHAMA NEGROES IN THE MIAMI

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; BAHAMAS ; NASHVILLE ; MIAMI ; PEABODY COLLEGE LIBRARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 05-09-1969

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BELIEF (CUSTOM)

THE MIDWIFE PUTS AN AXE UNDER THE BED OF A LABORING
WOMAN TO "CUT THE PAINS" OF CHILDBIRTH.

Submitter comment: THIS IS A CUSTOM OF THE BAHAMA NEGROES IN THE

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; BAHAMAS ; NASHVILLE ; MIAMI ; PEABODY LIBRARY

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 05-09-1969

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THE WIFE WHO IS DELIVERING, PULLS ON AN OLD SWEATY SHIRT OF
HUSBAND'S TO RECEIVE STRENGTH FOR DELIVERY. IT'S TIED ON THE
FOOT OF THE BED. THE BAHAMA NEGROES TAKE THIS BELIEF FROM THE
FOLLOWING SCRIPTURE: "BY THE SWEAT OF THY BROW, SHALT THOU EARN
BREAD." GEN. 3--CURSE ON ADAM. "IN SORROW SHALT THOU LABOR
ALL THY DAYS." WIFE'S CURSE--"IN SORROW SHALT THOU BRING
FORTH CHILDREN."

Submitter comment: THIS IS A CUSTOM OF THE BAHAMA NEGROES IN THE MIAMI LABOR

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; FLORIDA ; BAHAMAS ; NASHVILLE ; MIAMI ; PEABODY COLLEGE LIBRARY

James Callow Keyword(s): BIBLE GENESIS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Birth
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 05-09-1969

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SALUTATION GESTURE

WAVING GOODBYE AMONG SICILIANS AND MOST LATIN AMERICANS
ENTAILS CUPPING AND UNCUPPING THE HAND--AS IS COMMON IN
THE U.S. HOWEVER, THIS IS DIRECTED TOWARD'S ONE'S OWN
BODY AND NOT TOWARD THE DEPARTING PERSON. THIS GESTURE
IS REPUTED TO BE A SYMBOLIC YEARNING OF THE OTHER'S SOON
RETURN.

Where learned: FLORIDA ; MIAMI

Keyword(s): CUP THE FINGERS, AND WAVE THEM TOWARD YOURSELF.

Subject headings: 602 Body Parts
SPEECH -- Goodbyes Leavetakings
SPEECH -- Wishes Wants Desires Predictions

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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