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IRISH POTATOES AND RADISHES WON'T MAKE, EXCEPT IN SPRING OR FALL.
HOT WEATHER KEEPS THEM FOR (FROM) GROWING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PETERSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction

Date learned: 06-15-1973

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IT IS BAD LUCK TO SEE A NEW MOON THROUGH BRANCHES OR TREES.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PETERSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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BRINGING HOE INTO THE HOUSE MEANS SOMEONE WILL DIE BEFORE
THE YEAR IS OUT. MY MOTHER DIED SOON AFTER SOMEONE BROUGHT A HOE IN THE HOUSE.
NO ONE IS EVER ALLOWED TO BRING A HOE IN MY HOUSE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PETERSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Use of Object Manufactured objects, homemade, machined
BELIEF -- Bad luck Tools

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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IF YOU HAVE LEFT A HOUSE AND MUST GO BACK FOR SOMETHING, MAKE
A CROSS MARK IN THE DIRT AND SPIT IN IT BEFORE RETURNING
TO THE HOUSE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PETERSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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IF YOU HEAR RINGING IN YOUR EARS, YOU WILL SOON HEAR OF THE
DEATH OF SOMEONE YOU KNOW. THAT RINGING IS THE DEATH KNELL.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PETERSBURG

Subject headings: 842 Ringing ears / buzzing / hot, burning
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Ears, noise in ear
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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IT'S BAD LUCK TO LOOK AT A NEW MOON OVER YOUR LEFT SHOULDER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PETERSBURG

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: BELIEF -- P4430
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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IT IS BACK (BAD) LUCK FOR A CAT TO CROSS YOUR PATH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PETERSBURG

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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IF A MAN COMES FIRST TO YOUR HOUSE ON NEW YEAR'S DAY, THE YEAR
WILL BE A GOOD ONE. IF A WOMAN IS FIRST, THE YEAR WILL BE
UNLUCKY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PETERSBURG

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- January 1 New Year's
BELIEF -- Good luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event
BELIEF -- Bad luck Time (year, season, week, hour, etc.) Occasion Event

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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CUT FINGERNAILS ON FRIDAY,
CUT THEM FOR SORROW,
CUT THEM ON SATURDAY,
SWEETHEART TOMORROW.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PETERSBURG

Subject headings: Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Belief
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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