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NEVER BRING A HOE OR RAKE INTO THE HOUSE, IT WILL CAUSE
SOMEONE IN THE HOME TO GET SICK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 02-26-1972

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NEVER KILL A BLACKSNAKE FOUND IN THE BARN; IT WILL EAT RATS
AND MICE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal

Date learned: 03-26-1972

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WEATHER SIGN

WHEN SHUCKS ON CORN GROW VERY THICK, IT MEANS THERE WILL
BE A BAD WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Plant
BELIEF -- Measure of time Winter

Date learned: 02-19-1972

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AFTER ENTERING A DOOR, GO OUT BY THE SAME DOOR, OR YOU
WILL HAVE BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 03-11-1972

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PUT EGGS UNDER A HEN TO BE HATCHED WHEN THE SIGN IS IN
THE LEG. THE CHICKENS WILL BE STRONG AND HEALTHY.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Bird

Date learned: 04-10-1972

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FOR EVERY FOG IN AUGUST, THERE WILL BE A BIG SNOW IN THE
WINTER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- August
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 04-10-1972

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IF THERE ISA RING AROUND THE MOON AND STARS IN IT, (THE RING)
COUNT THE STARS AND THERE WILL BE THAT MANY RAINY DAYS IN
THE MONTH.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Weather sign or control
BELIEF -- Cloud Fog Mist Rain Hail Ice Snow Frost Dew
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 03-25-1972

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IF A NEW MOON IS ON ITS BACK, THE INDIAN HUNTERS WILL NOT
GO HUNTING; BUT IF IT IS TURNED ON ITS TIPS, WATER HAS
RUN OUT AND THEY CAN GO HUNTING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Animal
BELIEF -- Moon

Date learned: 04-10-1972

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WHEN YOU LEAVE THE HOUSE AND FIND YOU HAVE FORGOTTEN
SOMETHING, GO BACK INTO THE HOUSE AND SIT DOWN IN THE
FIRST CHAIR YOU SEE AND MAKE A WISH, AND THE WISH
WILL COME TRUE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Prayer

Date learned: 04-10-1972

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CROPS GROWN ABOVE GROUND SHOULD BE PLANTED DURING TIME
WHEN MOON IS DARK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 04-10-1972

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CROPS GROWN ABOVE GROUND SHOULD BE PLANTED WHILE THE
MOON IS LIGHT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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ROOT CROPS SHOULD BE PLANTED WHEN THE MOON IS DARK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- P535
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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IF YOU FIND A PIN ON THE FLOOR AND THE HEAD IS TOWARD
YOU, PICK IT UP AND YOU WILL HAVE GOOD LUCK. IF THE
POINT IS TOWARD YOU, DON'T PICK IT UP, OR YOU WILL HAVE
BAD LUCK.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Good luck Sharp objects
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 03-25-1972

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NAIL A HORSESHOE OVER THE DOOR WITH THE CORKS POINTING
DOWN AND IT WILL BRING GOOD LUCK TO THE HOME.

Data entry tech comment: CORKS?

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Home
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure
BELIEF -- Good luck Horseshoe

Date learned: 03-26-1972

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ROOT CROPS SHOULD BE PLANTED WHEN THE MOON IS LIGHT.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: Observation
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- F535
BELIEF -- Sign Color

Date learned: 04-10-1972

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BREAK OFF A PIECE OF YELLOW LOVE VINE. THROW IT OVER YOUR
LEFT SHOULDER AND IF IT LIVES, THE ONE YOU NAME WHEN
YOU THROW IT OVER YOUR SHOULDER, LOVES YOU.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: Charm / Enchantment / Conjuration
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining true love P861.2

Date learned: 04-10-1972

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IF A WOMAN WHISTLES IN PUBLIC, IT IS AN INDICATION THAT
SHE HAS EVIL INTENTIONS.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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IT BRINGS BAD (LUCK) TO THE PERSON'S FAMILY WHO LEAVES A
FUNERAL SERVICE FIRST. SOMEONE IN THAT FAMILY WILL DIE.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck Leaving Entering Returning home Travel

Date learned: 04-29-1969

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IF ONLY ONE ROOSTER GOES TO ROOST BEFORE NIGHT, BAD LUCK IS TO
HAPPEN TO THE FAMILY THAT OWNS HIM.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Animals

Date learned: 03-29-1969

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IF A BIRD MAKES PART OF HIS NEXT OUT OF ONE'S HAIR, IT BRINGS
BAD LUCK. FOR THIS REASON, ALWAYS BURN WASTE HAIR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; RED BOILING SPRINGS

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hair, on head, mustache, widow's peak
BELIEF -- Bird
BELIEF -- Bad luck Body parts and functions

Date learned: 04-20-1969

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