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THERE WAS A FAMILY WE MET IN 1973 IN SAO PAULO.
THEY HAD MOVED INTO A HOUSE THAT ALWAYS HAD BAD LUCK.
ALL THE LOCAL PEOPLE IN THE HOUSE KNEW ABOUT THE BAD
LUCK WITH THIS HOUSE. THEY COULD NEVER KEEP A MAID
FOR VERY LONG. THEIR CHILDREN WERE ALWAYS SICK AND
HAVING PROBLEMS. THEY LIVED WITHOUT A MAID FOR
THREE YEARS. AFTER HAVING ALL THESE PROBLEMS THEY
FINALLY HIRED A WITCH FROM THE LOCAL COMMUNITY TO
COME IN AND EXORCISE THE HOUSE. AT SEVEN IN THE
EVENING A LADY COMES WITH HER FOURTEEN-YEAR-OLD
DAUGHTER. THE WHOLE FAMILY WAS HOME. THE WITCH
STARTS PERFORMING A RITUAL AND CHANTING AND THE
DAUGHTER WENT INTO A TRANCE. THE DAUGHTER THEN
TOOK ON THE IDENTITIES OF THREE MEN AND THREE WOMEN
WHO HAD LIVED IN THE HOUSE AT DIFFERENT TIMES. SHE
REINACTED EACH PERSONALITY. HER VOICE SOUNDED LIKE A
MAN'S VOICE AT TIMES WHEN SHE TOOK ON A MAN'S
PERSONALITY. THIS LASTED FOR SEVERAL HOURS.
AT FOUR IN THE MORNING THE GIRL STARTED
VOMITTING AND WENT INTO SOME SORT OF CONVULSIONS.
ABOUT AN HOUR LATER THE MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
LEAVE SAYING THAT THE HOUSE HAD BEEN CLEANSED OF
ALL THE EVIL SPIRITS. AT EIGHT IN THE MORNING
A MAID CAME TO THE DOOR LOOKING FOR WORK. EVER
SINCE THEN THEY HAD NO MORE HOUSEHOLD PROBLEMS
OR TRAUMAS AMONG THE FAMILY. THE MAID THAT CAME
ON THAT DAY THE WITCH HAD BEEN THERE STAYED.
THE MAN THAT LIVED IN THE HOUSE WITH HIS FAMILY
WAS THE VICE-PRESIDENT OF EASTMAN KODAK.

Where learned: BRAZIL ; SOUTH AMERICA ; SAO PAULO

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Product or activity of man or animal

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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I HAD A FRIEND THAT WAS THE PRESIDENT OF TINKIEN
BALLBEARING IN SAO PAULO. ONE DAY WHEN HE LEFT
HIS HOUSE HE FOUND A DEAD CHICKEN WITH BLACK CANDLES
AROUND IT IN A CIRCLE ON HIS PORCH. THIS IS CALLED
A MACUBA AND IT HAS TO BE PUT THERE BY A WITCH.
SOMEONE HAD PUT A CURSE ON HIM. JOHN JUST DISMISSED
IT AS NONSENSE. SHORTLY AFTER THAT HIS LIFE STARTED
GOING DOWNHILL. HE EXPERIENCED PROBLEMS WITH LABOR
RELATIONS. ALL OF HIS EMPLOYEES WENT ON STRIKE. HE WAS
HAVING PROBLEMS AND UNEXPLAINED ILLNESSES. ONE DAY
HE HAD HIRED TWENTY TELIVISIONS FOR THE PLANT SO
HIS EMPLOYEES COULD WATCH THE NATIONAL SOCCER MATCH.
NOT ONE OF THE TELEVISIONS WORKED ON THE DAY OF THE
MATCH. SHORTLY AFTER THAT HE WAS FIRED AND SENT BACK
TO THE UNITED STATES. HE BELIEVES THAT ONE OF HIS
WORKERS PUT A CURSE ON HIM AND CAUSED ALL OF THE
PROBLEMS.

Where learned: BRAZIL ; SAO PAULO

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Curse

Date learned: 00-00-1973

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