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RISE WITH THE LARK,
STAY UP WITH THE OWL
AND YOUR TEMPER AND OUTLOOK
BOTH WILL BE FOWL.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Ballad Song Dance Game Music Verse -- Verse without Music
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

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DREAM BELIEF

NIGHTS, THEN IT WILL COME TRUE.

James Callow comment: INCOMPLETE ITEM
CN[ MAHER, THOMAS 720472
C1[ 7112 LISBON
C2[ DETROIT, MICHIGAN 48209
DNC[ 1,984
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Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Number

Date learned: 11-11-1974

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CHILDHOOD DREAMS

IF A BABY CRIES AT NIGHT, HOLD A PIECE OF CHEESECLOTH ABOVE IT
AND POUR HOT WAX ON THE CLOTH. THE WAX WILL FORM THE IMAGE OF THE
BABY'S DREAM, OR WHAT IT IS AFRAID OF.

Submitter comment: THIS SEEMS A RATHER DANGEROUS PRACTICE JUST TO SEE INTO THE MIND OF
A BABY. DREAMS DID HOWEVER, AND STILL DO SOMEWHAT, PLAY AN
IMPORTANT ROLE FOR SOME PEOPLE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Moon
BELIEF -- Dreams

Date learned: 02-00-1974

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BELIEF ABOUT THE NOSE

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, THAT MEANS YOU'LL KISS A FOOL.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT CHUCKLED AS SHE GAVE THIS ONE, AND ASKED IF MY NOSE
ITCHED BECAUSE IT WAS SO RED.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; RIVERVIEW

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Nose
BELIEF -- Sensations and involuntary actions Itching nose

Date learned: 01-00-1974

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CHAIR

NEVER ROCK A ROCKING CHAIR UNLESS SOME ONE IS IN IT BECAUSE YOU
WILL HAVE A DREAM ABOUT A DEAD PERSON.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Favorites
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero

Date learned: CA11001973

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SHOES AND SLEEPING

NEVER SLEEP WITH YOUR SHOES UNDER THE BED, IT WILL CAUSE YOU TO
HAVE BAD DREAMS.

Where learned: LOUISIANA ; New Orleans

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: CA11001973

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IF A PERSON FINDS THAT HE IS DREAMING ABOUT MUD OR MUDDY WATER,
SOMEONE CLOSE HAS DIED OR WILL DIE SOON.

Where learned: MARYLAND ; BALTIMORE ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Foretelling a death

Date learned: 11-24-1972

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IF HAND ITCHES

ACCORDING TO INFORMANT, IF THE PALM OF THE HAND ITCHES, THEN THAT
PERSON WILL BE COMING INTO MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
Observation
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 10-30-1972

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IF YOUR PALM ITCHES

ACCORDING TO THIS BELIEF, IF A PERSON'S PALM ITCHES, HE CAN EXPECT
BILLS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; PORT HURON

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Hands, palms, fingernails

Date learned: 09-25-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOUR EARS BURN SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT YOU. IF YOUR EARS ITCH
YOU'LL HEAR GOOD NEWS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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BELIEF

IF YOUR LEFT HAND ITCHES YOU'LL GIVE AWAY MONEY. IF YOUR RIGHT HAND
ITCHES YOU'LL RECEIVE MONEY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GROSSE POINTE

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 09-20-1972

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IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES, SOMEONE IS COMING WITH HOLES IN THEIR
BRITCHES.

Submitter comment: MRS. HAMPTON CAN'T REMEMBER WHERE SHE GOT IT FROM BUT SHE'S
KNOWN IT A LONG TIME. JUST SOMETHING SAID WHEN YOUR NOSE ITCHES.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

James Callow Keyword(s): RHYME

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
SPEECH -- Formula

Date learned: 10-07-1972

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IF YOUR THUMB ITCHES, THIS MEANS YOU'LL HAVE COMPANY

Submitter comment: SAID OFTEN FOR MANY GENERATIONS BUT NOT NECESSARILY BELIEVED IN.

Where learned: DETROIT ; TOLD IN

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 10-11-1972

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IF A PERSON'S RIGHT EYE JUMPS; THAT MEANS SOMEBODY IS COMING.

Submitter comment: SHE SAID IT HAPPENS EVERYTIME HER RIGHT EYE JUMPS.

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

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IF A PERSON DREAMS OF FISH; THIS MEANS SOMEONE IN THE FAMILY WILL HAVE A BABY.

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about animals

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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IF A PERSON'S EAR ITCHES THAT MEANS SOMEONE IS TALKING ABOUT HIM.

Submitter comment: THIS IS WHAT SHE SAID WHILE SCRATCHING HER EAR

Where learned: DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 12-00-1972

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NOSE

IF YOUR NOSE ITCHES IT IS A SIGN SOMEONE YOU HAVEN'T SEEN IN A
LONG TIME WILL VISIT YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; BIRMINGHAM

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank

Date learned: 12-04-1972

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ITCHY NOSE BELIEF

IF YOU HAVE AN ITCHY NOSE, YOU ARE GOING TO KISS A FOOL.

Where learned: CANADA ; ONTARIO ; DORM ; UNIVERSITY OF WINDSOR

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 09-23-1972

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DREAMS

IF YOU DREAM ABOUT A BED OUTSIDE ON THE ROOF OF YOUR HOUSE,
THERE WILL BE A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Dreams Household items and objects

Date learned: 10-02-1972

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SUPERSTITIONS

IF YOUR EAR ITCHES, SOMEBODY IS TALKING ABOUT YOU.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; LINCOLN PARK

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body

Date learned: 10-03-1972

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