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VOODOO PEOPLE CAN MAKE YOU DO THINGS YOU DON'T WANT TO DO.

Where learned: Arkansas ; PINE BLUFF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 01161984CA

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Child Rearing

If a child is slow to walk (over one year old), stand the child
behind any door in your home and sweep his/her feet with a straw
broom.

Submitter comment: This really works!!! I tried it with my son, within three days
he was walking.

Where learned: Arkansas ; PINE BLUFF

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

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Gossiping

If someone is gossiping about you (sullying your good name),
put a penny in your shoe for a week and "walk" that person out of
your life.

Where learned: Arkansas ; PINE BLUFF

Subject headings: Favorites
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth

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Brooms

It is bad luck to walk over a broom. If you do, you should
step backwards over the broom to undo the damage.

Where learned: Arkansas ; PINE BLUFF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bad luck
BELIEF -- Conversions

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Sex of Child

If a pregnant woman "carries" her child "high" or close to her
breasts, she is expecting a girl; if she carries the child "low" or
closer to her pelvis, she is expecting a girl.

Submitter comment: She's about 95% accurate by my experience.

Where learned: Arkansas ; PINE BLUFF

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Birth

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