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ON THE FIRST DAY OF MAY LOOK DOWN INTO THE CISTERN WITH
A MIRROR FACING THE WATER, THE MAN YOU SEE IS THE MAN
YOU'LL MARRY.

Where learned: KENTUCKY ; FULTON

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Magic of Speech, Sign, Color

Date learned: 06-20-1970

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NOW IF YOU TAKE A MIRROR ON THE FIRST DAY OF MAY AND SHINE
IT IN A WELL, YOU'LL SEE WHO YOU'LL BE MARRYING.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; SHELBYVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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PLANT WATERMELONS BEFORE THE SUN COMES UP ON THE FIRST DAY
OF MAY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of time Week Day Hour
Food Drink -- Plant food Vegetable
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-16-1973

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ON MAY FIRST A SINGLE GIRL SHOULD WALK AROUND THE HOUSE
THREE TIMES VERY EARLY IN THE MORNING. (IF?) THE FIRST
PERSON OR ANIMAL SHE SEES IS A MALE, SHE WILL MARYY THAT
YEAR.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; NASHVILLE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Marriage

Date learned: 07-08-1970

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ON MAY FIRST THE YOUNG, UNMARRIED GIRLS TAKE A MIRROR AND
LOOK OVER THEIR SHOULDER, INTO THE WELL. THE REFLECTION
IS THE FACE OF THE ONE YOU'LL MARRY.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Use of object for determining future spouse

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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THE BEST WATERMELONS AROUND.

MRS. KIRBY TELLS OF A MAN IN HER COMMUNITY, MR. WALT MAC CAULEY,
WHO ALWAYS PLANTED HIS WATERMELONS BEFORE SUNRISE ON THE FIRST
DAY OF MAY. SHE RECALLS ONE RAINY SUNDAY MORNING, WHEN HE WAS
SEEN PLANTING HIS WATERMELONS BY THE LIGHT OF A LANTERN.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Plant husbandry Farming

Date learned: 06-17-1972 ; 06-17-1972

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ON THE FIRST NIGHT IN MAY, GET A PAN OF MEAL; PUT IN A SNAIL
AND LEAVE OVERNIGHT. HE WILL WRITE THE INITIAL OF YOUR WIFE;
IF MALE.

Where learned: CENTERVILLE ; TENNESSEE, ASSUMED

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Insect
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 07-19-1968

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TAKE A MIRROR AND LOOK IN AN OLD WELL THE FIRST DAY OF MAY AT
12:00 NOON AND YOU WILL SEE YOUR INTENDED.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PRIMM SPRINGS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Still water Man made container.
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Measure of time WeekDayHour
BELIEF -- Use of Object

Date learned: 07-18-1968

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PUT YOUR HANDKERCHIEF IN A WHEAT FIELD THE FIRST THREE NIGHTS
IN MAY AND YOUR FUTURE HUSBAND OR WIFE'S INITIALS WILL BE
IN THE CORNER.

Where learned: TENNESSEE ; PRIMM SPRINGS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 2
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 3
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Word Letter
BELIEF -- Use of Object

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IF IT RAINS ON THE FIRST DAY OF MAY AND YOU GET WET, YOU'LL
BE PRETTY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Air Weather Fire

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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IF YOU LOOK IN A WELL ON MAY 1, AT 12:00, THROUGH A REFLECTING
MIRROR, YOU WILL SEE THE PERSON YOU ARE TO MARRY.

Where learned: ALABAMA ; ALBERTVILLE

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- May 1 May Day
BELIEF -- Marriage
BELIEF -- Fate Destiny Luck Chance

Date learned: 06-17-1972

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