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SUPERSTITION

DRINKING WATER FROM THE LAVATORY MAKES A MAN A LIAR.

Submitter comment: THIS EAST AFRICAN BELIEF IS INTENDED TO DISCOURAGE AN UNWHOLESOME
HABIT.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

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

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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IF A MAN DRINKS WATER AT NIGHT AND LEAVES THE VESSEL UNCOVERED, HIS
SOUL WILL PLUNGE INTO IT DURING THE NIGHT, AND IF SOMEONE
ACCIDENTALLY PUTS ON THE LID, HE WILL DIE AT ONCE.

Submitter comment: THIS EAST AFRICAN BELIEF RELATES TO HEALTH HABITS AND THE NEED TO
KEEP DRINKING WATER PURE.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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IT IS FORBIDDEN TO DRINK WATER FROM A LADLE WITHOUT VIGOROUSLY
SHAKING IT FIRST.

Submitter comment: THIS EAST AFRICAN BELIEF CONVEYS A USEFUL HABIT, FOR IT IS IMPORTANT
TO ENSURE THAT THE LADLE IS CLEAN AND FREE FROM INSECTS.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

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

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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SUPERSTITION

TO EAT IN THE DARK IS TO EAT WITH THE DEVIL.

Submitter comment: THIS AFRICAN SUPERSTITION IS RELATED TO HEALTHFUL EATING HABITS, AND
DISCOURAGES EATING IN THE DARK FOR OBVIOUS REASONS.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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HE WHO EATS WHILE STANDING ON THE DOOR-STEP WILL BE KNOCKED DOWN BY A
DEVIL.

Submitter comment: THIS EAST AFRICAN BELIEF IS MEANT TO DISCOURAGE THE HABIT OF EATING
IN ABNORMAL PLACES.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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HE WHO EATS SWEET FOOD WHILE WALKING WILL BE POSSESSED OF A DEVIL.

Submitter comment: THIS EAST AFRICAN BELIEF IS MEANT TO DISCOURAGE EATING IN UNUSUAL
PLACES.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Measure of time Eating For menu, see N222.

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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IF YOU TREAD ON FOOD DELIBERATELY YOU WILL GET ELEPHANTIASIS.

Submitter comment: THIS EAST AFRICAN BELIEF HAS RELIGIOUS OVERTONES RELATING TO THE
ABHORRENCE OF WASTE.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

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

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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IF A MAN GOES TO BED WITHOUT WASHING HIS FEET, THE SOLES OF HIS FEET
WILL BE LICKED BY THE DEVIL.

Submitter comment: THIS EAST AFRICAN BELIEF IS MEANT TO ENCOURAGE PERSONAL CLEANLINESS.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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IF ONE GOES TO BED WITHOUT WASHING ONE'S FEET, THEY WILL LIE IN THE
FIRES OF HELL.

Submitter comment: THIS EAST AFRICAN BELIEF IS MEANT TO ENCOURAGE PERSONAL CLEANLINESS.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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WEARING WET CLOTHES BRINGS POVERTY. (THIS BELIEF TEACHES PEOPLE TO
AVOID CATCHING COLD.)

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Measure of quality Monetary systemMoneyWealth
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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MANY COBWEBS IN A HOUSE WILL CAUSE FORGETFULNESS. (THIS TEACHES
CLEANLINESS AND TIDINESS.)

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

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

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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PARING THE FINGER-NAILS AT NIGHT (IN THE DARK) BRINGS POVERTY. (IF
YOU CUT YOUR FINGER-NAILS AT NIGHT YOU WILL RUN THE RISK OF CUTTING
YOUR FINGER TIPS AND THUS STOPPING YOURSELF FROM ATTENDING TO YOUR
WORK.)

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Measure of time Working

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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TO SIT ON A CHAIR SWINGING ONE'S LEGS BACKWARDS AND FORWARDS WILL
DRIVE AWAY ONE'S DAILY BREAD.

Submitter comment: THIS EAST AFRICAN BELIEF REFERS TO WHAT IS REGARDED AS BAD MANNERS
AND A SIGN OF CONTEMPT.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: SPEECH -- Gesture

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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SITTING WITH A CAP ON ONE'S KNEE CAUSES GOUT. (THIS IS A SIGN OF
LAZINESS.)

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

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

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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SELLING SALT AT NIGHT BRINGS ILL LUCK TO THE SHOPKEEPER. THIS BELIEF
IS SO DEEP-ROOTED THAT ONE WILL NEVER SUCCEED IN PERSUADING A SHOP-
KEEPER TO GIVE SALT AT ANY TIME DURING THE NIGHT.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Work Commerce Business
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Food and drink

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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TO SWEEP AT NIGHT IS TO CHASE AWAY BLESSINGS.

Submitter comment: THIS AFRICAN BELIEF CAUTIONS ONE AGAINST SWEEPING UP SOMETHING OF
VALUE AND THROWING IT AWAY IN THE DARK.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: Favorites
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Bad luck Broom Sweeping

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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TO GO ABOUT BAREHEADED ON A MOONLIT NIGHT DRIES UP THE BRAIN AND THE
PERSON WILL EVENTUALLY GO MAD.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress Head
BELIEF -- Physically handicapped Deformed
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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IF YOU TALK ABOUT SOMEONE, AND HE APPEARS AT THE SAME MOMENT, IT IS A
SIGN THAT HE IS NOT A BASTARD.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

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

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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IF A PERSON WHO IS BEING TALKED ABOUT APPEARS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE
DISCUSSION, IT INDICATES THAT HE WILL LIVE TO A VERY OLD AGE.

Where learned: TANZANIA ; EAST AFRICA

Subject headings: Observation
BELIEF -- Product or activity of man or animal
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial

Date learned: 03-00-1982

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