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SIGN OF FEAR

IF A MAN PUTS HIS OVERALLS ON AND THE GALLOUSES (SIC) ARE
TWISTED, HE'S AFRAID OF LIGHTENING.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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SIGN OF JEALOUSY

HOLD AN EASTER FLOWER (JONQUIL) UNDER YOUR CHIN AND IF YOU CAN
SEE THE YELLOW ON THE SKIN IT MEANS YOU ARE JEALOUS.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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PLACING OF THE BED

MY FATHER DOESN'T WANT THE HEAD OF HIS BED TO THE EAST BECAUSE
HE CLAIMS IT GIVES HIM THE HEADACHE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

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ENTER AND LEAVE HOUSE BY SAME DOOR

WEHN I GO IN SOMEONE'S HOUSE FOR THE FIRST TIME, I ALWAYS
LEAVE BY THE SAME DOOR. IT IS BAD LUCK FOR ME IF I DON'T.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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PREVENTING A FIGHT

IF YOU BORROW SALT DON'T PAY IT BACK OR YOUR CHILDREN WILL
FIGHT.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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KILLING A TOAD FROG

KILL A TOAD FROG AND YOUR COWS WILL GIVE BLOODY MILK.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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TO PREVENT A FIGHT

IF YOU SPILL SALT OUT OF YOUR SALT SHAKER, THROW SOME OVER
YOUR LEFT SHOULDER SO YOU WON'T HAVE A FIGHT WITH ANYONE IN
THE ROOM.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Custom

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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A BABY BORN WITH A VEIL OVER ITS FACE IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABLE
TO FORETELL THE FUTURE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Keyword(s): CAUL

Subject headings: Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Head, physiognomy, face
BELIEF -- Birth

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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A DREAM OF FISH MEANS INCREASE IN FAMILY.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Keyword(s): WATER BAG OF WATERS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling about birth and life

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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IF TWO HENS FIGHT, TWO WOMEN ARE COMING; IF TWO ROOSTERS
FIGHT, TWO MEN ARE COMING; IF A HEN AND ROOSTER FIGHT,
THERE'S A MAN AND WOMAN COMING.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

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

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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IF YOUR LEFT EAR ITCHES, YOU ARE GOING TO HEAR GOOD NEWS.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching ear

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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A DREAM OF A WEDDING MEANS DEATH. IT SURE HAPPENED TO ME.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about weddings, funerals, and other crucial moments of life

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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IF THE LEFT SIDE OF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, A MAN IS COMING AND IF
THE RIGHT SIDE ITCHES, A WOMAN IS COMING. IF BOTH SIDES
ITCH, A MAN AND A WOMAN ARE COMING.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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IF YOU SET OUT A CEDAR TREE AND IT GETS LARGE ENOUGH TO SHADE
YOUR GRAVE, YOU WILL DIE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

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

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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IF YOU MOVE INTO A FINISHED HOUSE AND CUT WINDOWS, SOMEONE
WILL DIE WITHIN A YEAR.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Wall Partition Door Window
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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IF THERE IS SICKNESS IN THE FAMILY AND A DOG COMES TO THE DOOR
OR WINDOW AND SHOWS HIS TEETH WITHOUT GROWLING, OR MAKING A
SOUND, THE PERSON WILL DIE. I HAVE SEEN THIS HAPPEN AND
THE DOG WILL COME SEVERAL TIMES INSTEAD OF JUST ONCE.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

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

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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IF THE SPIDER COMES DOWN FROM THE CEILING RIGHT IN FRONT OF
YOU AND STAYS FOR A WHILE, RELATIONS ARE COMING TO VISIT. THE
SPIDER MUST BE ON A WEB AND COME DOWN FROM THE CEILING. IF
HE IS DOWN WHEN YOU SEE HIM AND THEN GOES UP, IT MEANS A
DEATH IN THE FAMILY. IF HE STARTS DOWN AND GOES RIGHT BACK
UP, SOMEONE THOUGHT ABOUT WRITING YOU A LETTER AND THEN
CHANGED THEIR MIND.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

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

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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BEFORE MY BROTHER DIED, HE CALLED MY MOTHER AND TOLD HER HE HAD
SEEN A LITTLE GIRL HOLDING A CANDLE FLYING AROUND HIS BED.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

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

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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WHEN MY BABY SISTER PASSED AWAY, SHE WAS NINE YEARS OLD, WE HEARD
THE SWEETEST SINGING AND SHE HEARD IT TOO. SHE HAD SPINAL
MENINGITIS. SHE OPENED HER EYES, WHICH SHE HADN'T BEEN ABLE
TO DO BEFORE AND SAID, "MAMA, DO YOU HEAR THAT SINGING?"

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

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

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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WHEN OR BEFORE MY FATHER PASSED AWAY, THERE WERE THREE KNOCKS
ON THE DOOR, AND THE MALE NURSE OPENED THE DOOR. THERE WAS A
MAN WITH A DOVE ON HIS SHOULDER. THE DOVE FLEW TO MY FATHER
AND LIT ON HIS BED AND THEN FLEW BACK TO THE MAN. THE MAN
AND THE DOVE DISAPPEARED WHILE THE NURSE WAS LOOKING AT THEM.
MY FATHER DIED THE NEXT NIGHT.

Where learned: MISSOURI ; PUXICO

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Observation
BELIEF -- Ghost Spirit Phantom Specter
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 07-28-1968

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