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If you are having trouble selling your house, bury a
statue of St. Joseph, head-down and facing the rear of
the house, until your house is sold. Afterwards you
dig the statue up and permanently display it in a place
of honor in your new home.

Submitter comment: This belief was heard from Maryann's sister, Leda, who
was having trouble selling her condominium. Leda's real
estate agent suggested that she try this. Within the
month Leda's condo was sold, and now the statue of St.
Joseph is on the mantlepiece of her new home. This
superstition is, evidently, very widely held by Italians.

Where learned: ILLINOIS ; Rogers Park

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Good luck Objects
BELIEF -- Conversions

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