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WATER FROM A BLACKSMITH'S "SLAKE TUB" WAS OFTEN USED AS A
REMEDY FOR A LACK OF IRON IN THE BLOOD, OR ANEMIA.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Mineral

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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A YOUNG GIRL WOULD OFTEN THROW AN APPLE PEEL OVER HER SHOULDER
TO SEE IF IT WOULD FORM THE INITIAL OF AN ADMIRED YOUNG MAN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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A YOUNG GIRL OFTEN THREW A PIECE OF DODDER (VINE) OVER HER
SHOULDER AND RETURNED IN A DAY OR SO TO SEE IF IT WAS
ROOTED AND GROWING. THIS WOULD DETERMINE HER SUITOR'S
TRUE LOVE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Use of Object Plant

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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MANY A LOVE-SICK MAIDEN HAS BENT THE MULLEIN STALK. IF IT
TURNS BACK UPWARD AND GROWS ON, SHE'S SURE HE DESIRES HER
HAND IN MARRIAGE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Marriage Dating Courtship
BELIEF -- Use of Object Plant

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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IF YOU SWEEP UNDER A PERSON'S FEET, THE PERSON WILL NOT GET
MARRIED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Feet, toes, toenails
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 08-02-1968

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TWO PEOPLE PULL THE CHICKEN'S WISHBONE. WHICHEVER GETS THE
SHORTEST PIECE WILL MARRY FIRST. PUT THE BONE OVER THE
DOOR, AND THE FIRST PERSON WHO COMES THROUGH THE DOOR WILL
BE THE ONE THEY MARRY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 08-02-1968

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IN THE INCREASE OF THE MOON, CRACKLING(S) WILL NOT COOK OUT
GOOD, BUT IN THE DECREASE THEY WILL COOK OUT GOOD. IF YOU
DON'T KILL HOGS AT THE RIGHT TIME, THE CRACKLING(S) WILL BE
PUFFY AND YOU CAN'T COOK THE GREASE OUT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Keyword(s): HOG FAT PIG FAT

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Animal Husbandry Farming Ranching
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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RENDER LARD WHEN THE MOON IS ON THE DECREASE TO GET THE GREASE
OUT OF THE FAT MEAT.

Submitter comment: MOTHER BELIEVES THIS TO BE TRUE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: Food Drink -- Meat Bred animal
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Observation of galactic or celestial bodies

Date learned: 08-02-1968

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IF YOU STICK AN AX IN THE GROUND, IT WILL RAIN.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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IF THE WIND IS IN THE NORTH ON VALENTINE DAY, YOU WILL HAVE
FRUIT THAT YEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- February 14 Valentine's Day
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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IF THE SUN GOES DOWN BEHIND A BANK (OF CLOUDS?) ON SUNDAY,
IT WILL RAIN BEFORE WEDNESDAY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sun
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through A time segment or a direction
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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IF YOUR RIGHT EYE ITCHES, YOU WILL BE DISPLEASED.
IF YOUR LEFT EYE ITCHES, YOU WILL BE PLEASED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Eyes, evil eye
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions P842.14

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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THEY USED TO SAY THAT IF THE SUN SHINES WHILE IT IS RAINING,
THE DEVIL IS WHIPPING HIS WIFE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Keyword(s): SATAN

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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IF IT RAINS ON JULY 15TH, ST. SWITHIN'S DAY, IT WILL RAIN
EVERY DAY FOR THE NEXT FORTY DAYS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- July 15
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.40
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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WHEN YOUR RIGHT PALM ITCHES, IT MEANS YOU ARE GOING TO SHAKE
HANDS WITH A STRANGER. IF THE PALM OF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES,
YOU ARE GOING TO GET A PRESENT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching hands and feet

Date learned: 08-11-1968

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IF A PICTURE OF SOMEBODY FELL OFF THE WALL, THAT WAS A SIGN OF
DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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MY GRANDMOTHER ALWAYS SAID IF A BIRD KEPT PECKING AT THE
WINDOW, THAT WAS A SIGN OF DEATH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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WHEN THE CRESCENT MOON IS UPSIDE DOWN, IT IS HOLDING WATER AND
IT WILL BE DRY FOR A FEW DAYS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PULASKI

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Sign or prediction through Natural atmospheric phenomenon

Date learned: 07-20-1968

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