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DOOR SUPERSTITION

A PERSON WHO VISITS ANOTHER PERSON'S HOME MUST BE SURE THAT HE
LEAVES THROUGH THE SAME DOOR THAT HE ENTERED BY. IN THIS WAY
HE WILL ALWAYS BE WELCOME AGAIN INTO THAT HOME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER SISTER-IN-LAW.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN A WOMAN IS PREGNANT AND SHE WANTS TO ASSURE THE LOCATION OF
HER CHILD'S BIRTHMARK IF HE WILL HAVE ANY, SHE SHOULD RUB HER
HAND OVER THE DESIRED AREA (IE., THE REAR END) AND THE MARK
WILL APPEAR ONLY THERE. THIS SHOULD BE DONE EVERY DAY TILL THE
ARRIVAL OF THE CHILD.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER ITALIAN MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Specific distinguishing characteristic Dimple, wart, mole, scar, freckle, birthmark, strawberry mark, bruise, spot (on any part of body)
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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ITALIAN SUPERSTITION

ASK A PREGNANT WOMAN IF HER HANDS ARE DIRTY: IF SHE LOOKS AT THEM
WITH THE PALMS UP FIRST, SHE WILL HAVE A GIRL; IF SHE LOOKS AT THE
OUTSIDE FIRST, SHE WILL HAVE A BOY.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER ITALIAN MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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ITALIAN SUPERSTITION

IF A WOMAN FALLS WHEN SHE IS PREGNANT AND SHE HELPS HERSELF UP
WITH HER RIGHT HAND, SHE WILL HAVE A BOY; IF SHE HELPS HERSELF
UP WITH HER LEFT HAND, SHE WILL HAVE A GIRL.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER ITALIAN MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

James Callow Keyword(s): RIGHT LEFT

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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ITALIAN

FOR GOOD LUCK WITH A NEW CAR, HANG A RED BOW SOMEPLACE
IN THE CAR. THIS WILL ALSO KEEP YOU SAFE FROM
ACCIDENTS.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER ITALIAN MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Color
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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ITALIAN

WHEN YOU GUY A NEW HOUSE, YOU MUST IMMEDIATELY GO OUT
AND BUY A LOAF OF BREAD, A BOTTLE OF WINE, AND A BOX
OF SALT. PLACE THESE SOMEPLACE IN YOUR HOUSE AND
NEVER TOUCH THEM FOR ANY REASON. THIS WILL ASSURE
YOU OF LUCK AND HAPPINESS IN YOUR NEW HOME.

Submitter comment: LEARNED FROM HER ITALIAN MOTHER.

Where learned: NEW YORK ; PLEASANTVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Good luck Food and drink
BELIEF -- Good luck Numbers

Date learned: 12-27-1963

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