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NASSAU BAHAMA IT IS SAID THAT IN NASSAU A LUCKY COLOR
IS GREEN AND RED. IT MUST BE IN COMBINATIONS OF GREEN AND WHITE
AND RED AND WHITE. IF YOU ARE IN A CASSINO WITH THOSE COLORS ON
YOU ARE CONSIDERED TO BE ABLE TO BRING GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: 01-15-1984

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PROVERB

YOU NEVER MISS THE WATER UNTIL THE WELL RUN DRY.
THIS PROVERB CAN BE INTERPRETED AS FOLLOWS: AN INDIVIDUAL
NOT BEING ABLE TO APPRECIATE SOMEONE OR SOMETHING UNTIL IT IS
TOO LATE.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

IF YOU MAKE YOUR OWN BED YOU MUST LIE IN IT.
THIS CAN BE INTERPRETED AS FOLLOWS: IF YOU ARE INDEPENDENT
ENOUGH TO MAKE YOUR OWN DECISIONS, YOU MUST ALSO BE WILLING TO
ACCEPT THE CONSEQUENCES ON YOUR OWN.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

BEND THE TREE WHILE IT IS YOUNG.
THIS PROVERB IMPLIES THAT A CHILD WHO IS DISCIPLINED AT AN EARLY
AGE CAN BE EASILY DISCIPLINED LATER OR WHENEVER THE NEED ARISES.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001940S

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PROVERB

TWO ROSES WHICH BLOOM TOO SOON ARE PRIME TARGETS FOR FROST.
THIS PROVERB CAN BE INTERPRETED AS MEANING IF TWO PEOPLE FALL
IN LOVE TOO FAST OR RUSH THEIR RELATIONSHIP, ANY LITTLE
DISPUTE OR OUTSIDE INTERFERENCE CAN CAUSE THE RELATIONSHIP
TO END.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

DO NOT PUT ALL YOUR EGGS IN ONE BASKET.
THIS PROVERB CAN BE INTERPRETED AS MEANING TO AVOID INVESTING
TOO MUCH IN ONE PERSON OR THING BECAUSE YOU STAND A CHANCE
OF LOSING EVERYTHING IF THE SITUATION DOES NOT WORK OUT AS
PLANNED.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00001960S

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PROVERB

EMPTY BARRELS MAKE THE MOST NOISE.
THIS PROVERB REFERS TO PEOPLE WHO CAN ONLY TALK ABOUT WHAT TO
DO, BUT THEY NEVER MAKE AN ATTEMPT TO DO ANYTHING ABOUT IT.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

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PROVERB

IF YOU PLAY WITH DOGS YOU WILL CATCH FLEAS.
THE PROVERB IMPLIES THAT IF YOU ASSOCIATE WITH BAD COMPANY,
YOU WILL ADOPT THEIR WAYS.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: PROVERB -- Proverbial Metaphor

Date learned: 00-00-1974

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SUPERSTITIONS

WHEN YOU HAVE A DECK OF PLAYING CARDS AND YOU DEAL IT AND HAVE
SOMEONE CUT THE CARD, ACCORDING TO WHAT CARD THEY TURN OVER
WHETHER FACE OR NOT WOULD DETERMINE WHAT KIND OF LUCK THEY WILL
HAVE. FACE CARDS ARE AN INDICATION OF BAD LUCK.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Use of Object

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SUPERSTITION

IN READING THE PALMS IT IS BELIEVED THAT A LONG LINE IN THE PALM
OF YOUR HAND MEANS LONG LIFE, AND A SHORT LINE MEANS YOU WILL DIE
AT A YOUNG AGE.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Keyword(s): LONGEVITY

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00001970S

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SUPERSTITION--CALLING ON SPIRITS

IT IS SAID THAT SOME PEOPLE CALL THEIR LOVED ONES FROM THE DEAD
AND ASK THEM FOR FAVOURS. FOR EXAMPLE, MY GRANDMOTHER WILL CALL
MY GRANDFATHER OR WRITE HIM A LETTER AND ASK HIM TO BRING HER A
NUMBER TO PLAY AT THE RACES. YOU CAN ALSO ASK THEM TO DO BAD
THINGS LIKE VISIT SOMEONE AND FRIGHTEN THEM.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter

Date learned: 00001920S

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SUPERSTITION--FUNERAL PROCESSION

IN THE OLD DAYS, THEY SAY WHENEVER A FUNERAL PROCESSION PASSED
YOUR HOUSE, YOU SHOULD RUN AND CLOSE ALL THE WINDOWS AND DOORS
SO THE PERSON'S SPIRIT WON'T STAY IN YOUR HOUSE AND SCARE YOU.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 00-00-1959

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SUPERSTITION

IN ORDER FOR SPIRITS NOT TO HARM YOU, THEY SAY YOU MUST GO TO
THE GRAVEYARD OR CEMETERY AND PICK UP A HANDFUL OF DIRT. AFTER
YOU HAVE THE DIRT IN YOUR POSSESSION YOU MUST THEN SPRINKLE
IT IN THE FOUR CORNERS OF YOUR HOUSE OR YARD.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 00001950S

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SUPERSTITION--FOOD

THEY SAY THAT YOUNG SINGLE MEN SHOULD NOT EAT AT EVERYONE'S HOUSE OR
HIS GIRLFRIEND'S HOUSE BECAUSE THE YOUNG GIRL OR HER MOTHER
COULD PUT SOMETHING IN THE FOOD AND AFTER HE EATS IT, RIGHT
AWAY HE WOULD WANT TO MARRY THAT GIRL WHETHER HE REALLY LOVES
HER OR NOT.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Keyword(s): APHRODISIAC

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 00001970S

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SUPERSTITION

IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF YOU FIND THE END OF THE RAINBOW, YOU
WILL FIND A POT OF GOLD.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

James Callow Keyword(s): TREASURE WEALTH

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

Date learned: 00001970S

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SUPERSTITION

DOGS HOWLING AT NIGHTS OR VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING MEANS THAT
EVIL SPIRITS ARE PASSING YOUR HOUSE.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 00001970S

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SUPERSTITION

IT IS SAID THAT IF A CREEPING BABY LOOKS BETWEEN HIS OR HER
MOTHER'S LEGS WHILE CREEPING MEANS THAT THE MOTHER IS PREGNANT
OR SOON WILL BE.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00001960S

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SUPERSTITION--CURING HICCUP

IT IS BELIEVED THAT IF YOU TEAR A PIECE OF BROWN PAPER OF A BAG
AND PUT SALIVA ON IT AND STICK IT TO THE BABY'S FOREHEAD, IT
WILL STOP THE HICCUP.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Method of Curing

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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SUPERSTITION--BUSH MEDICINE

SOME PEOPLE SAY THAT THE DIFFERENT WINES, BUSHES AND TREE BARKS
FOUND IN THE CARIBBEAN IS GOOD TO CURE ANY AND ALL AILMENTS.
FOR EXAMPLE: CAURACE (A WINE) IS SAID TO BE GOOD FOR CURING
CANCER AND PURIFYING THE BLOOD. SEVERAL OTHER WINES ARE SAID TO
BE GOOD FOR STRENGTHENING BOTH MALES AND FEMALES. FOR EXAMPLE:
DRINKING SEVERAL WINES BOILED TOGETHER WILL AID YOU IN HAVING
A BABY.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant

Date learned: 00001960S

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SUPERSTITION--PREDICTION OF GENDER

IT IS SAID THAT THE SHAPE OF THE PREGNANT WOMAN'S STOMACH WILL
DETERMINE WHETHER OR NOT SHE HAS A BOY OR GIRL. FOR EXAMPLE,
A ROUND STOMACH IS AN INDICATION OF THE BABY BEING A GIRL, AND
A SHARP OR POINTED STOMACH IS AN INDICATION OF A BOY.

Where learned: BAHAMAS ; NASSAU

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 00001970S

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