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THERE IS A BELIEF THAT YOUNG GIRLS DO TO FIND OUT WHO
THEIR HUSBAND WILL BE. THEY PLACE SCISSORS IN THE
BOOK OF RUTH (THE BIBLE) AND TIE A STRING SECURELY
AROUND THE BIBLE. THEN TWO PEOPLE HOLD ONE END OF
THE SCISSORS AND ONE GOES THROUGH THE ALPHABET UNTIL
THE BIBLE TURNS TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE LETTER NAMED BY
THIS THE GIRL CAN TELL THE INITIALS OF HER FUTURE
HUSBAND.

Submitter comment: I DID THIS WHEN 15 OR 16 YEARS OLD AND REALLY BELIEVED
IN IT.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 10-02-1970

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TAKE A PIECE OF A WEDDING CAKE AND PUT IT UNDER
YOUR PILLOW THAT NIGHT AND YOU'LL DREAM OF YOUR
FUTURE HUSBAND OR WIFE.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse
BELIEF -- Dreams Dreams about friends and lovers

Date learned: 11-04-1967

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AFTER THE CHRISTMAS EVE SUPPER, UKRAINIAN UNMARRIED
GIRLS TAKE SPOONS AND HIT THEM TOGETHER OUTDOORS.
FROM WHICHEVER SIDE A DOG BARKS FIRST, FROM THENCE
HER FUTURE HUSBAND WILL COME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve

Date learned: 10-00-1970

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AN OLD CUSTOM PRACTICED BY FEW UKRAINIANS TODAY,
CONCERNS UNMARRIED WOMEN RATTLING THE UNWASHED
SPOONS FROM THE CHRISTMAS EVE MEAL. THESE WOMEN
WOULD GO OUTSIDE AND RATTLE THEIR SPOONS UNTIL THEY
HEARD A DOG BARK. THE DIRECTION OF THE BARK WOULD
BE WHERE THEIR FIANCES WOULD BE FROM.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- December 24 Christmas Eve

Date learned: 09-22-1969

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IF YOU FIND A HAIRPIN PUT IT IN YOUR SHOE AND YOU
WILL MARRY THE NEXT PERSON THAT YOU MEET.

Submitter comment: MRS. MALONY LEARNED THIS WHEN SHE WAS A CHILD. SHE
WAS BORN AND RAISED IN IRELAND.

Where learned: DETROIT ; RECTORY ; IRELAND ; MICHIGAN, ASSUMED ; HOLY NAME

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 02-19-1967

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AT THE STROKE OF MIDNIGHT ON THE NIGHT OF A FULL MOON, IT IS
POSSIBLE TO SEE YOUR FUTURE HUSBAND IF YOU DO THE FOLLOWING:
TAKE A HALF-GALLON JAR OF WATER AND PUT IT BEHIND YOU. THEN
PLACE YOURSELF IN SUCH A WAY THAT THE MOONLIGHT COMES IN OVER
YOUR LEFT SHOULDER WHEN YOU FACE THE WINDOW. LOOK INTO A
MIRROR AND YOU WILL SEE YOUR FUTURE HUSBAND. IF YOU ARE
NOT TO MARRY, YOU WILL SEE A CASKET.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; BRENTWOOD

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: 862 Use of object for determining future spouse

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