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ESKIMO BELIEF

GOOD WIFELY ESKIMOS ARE KNOWN TO CHEW THEIR HUSBAND'S BOOTS
IN ORDER TO MAKE THEM SOFT FOR THE MEN TO WEAR.
THIS IS WHY THEIR TEETH ARE CHEWED DOWN TO A BARE MINIMUM.

Where learned: UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): SEXISM

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Body part Senses Mouth, teeth, lips, tongue

Date learned: 04-00-1972

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INDEX OF TAPE 750002 SIDE B

BROOM
LUCK
THE NUMBER 9 AND 3
OMEN
DREAMS
THROWING TEETH AND BURYING TEETH TO MAKE THEM GROW
LEFT AND RIGHT
LENGTH OF TOES AS OMENS OF PARENTS' DEATH
FINGERS THAT RINGS ARE WORN ON
WIZARDS
BLACK CAT
ONOMATOPOETIC
FLOATING THE WATER LILY FESTIVAL, SEPTEMBER 22 OF EVERY YEAR

Where learned: THAILAND

Keyword(s): HOMEOPATHIC MAGIC FOR TEETH AND TOES

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- September 22
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Witch Shaman
BELIEF -- Body part Senses
BELIEF -- Mammal
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
SPEECH -- Onomatopoeia

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SUPERSTITION OF RINGS ON THE INDEX FINGER.

WEARING A RING ON YOUR INDEX FINGER, A SIGN OF BAD LUCK FOR YOUR
MOTHER. THE BELIEF IS THAT SHE WILL GET SICK OR,
MAYBE SOMETHING WILL HAPPEN TO HER.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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SUPERSTITION

NEW SHOES ON THE TABLE--BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: ACCORDING TO THE INFORMANT, THIS BELIEF IS COMMON IN
LONDON, ENGLAND.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK ; FRIENDS HOME

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- P 68 P 68.1
BELIEF -- Bad luck

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SUPERSTITION

WALKING WITH ONE SHOE ON AND ONE OFF RESULTS IN BAD LUCK.

Submitter comment: THE INFORMANT SEES THIS BELIEF AS VALID. SHE REASONS THAT HAVING ONE
ARCH SUPPORTED AND THE OTHER UNSUPPORTED RESULTS IN BAD FEET.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT ; DEPARTMENT STORE

Subject headings: 686 Properties attributed to specific numbers or numerals individually.
686 Seconds / Twice / Two
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Street Trip Relations between relatives, friends, host and guest Social class Rank
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 02-20-1979

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SUPERSTITION

WHEN PUTTING ON MY SOCKS TO PLAY IN A SPORT, THE SOCK
WITH THE LABELLING GOES ON THE RIGHT FOOT. IF THE LA-
BELLING HAS FADED AWAY, THE BETTER CONDITIONED SOCK
GOES ON THE RIGHT FOOT. I'M RIGHT-HANDED AND I BELIEVE
THIS WILL BRING ME GOOD LUCK. RECENTLY, I HAVE STARTED
THIS TREND IN MY EVERYDAY MANNERISMS.

Submitter comment: I SEE THIS AS BRINGING ME GOOD LUCK.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; OAK PARK

James Callow Keyword(s): DRESSING ; POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Good luck

Date learned: CA00001973

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SUPERSTITION

WEARING AN OPAL WILL BRING YOU BAD LUCK IF IT IS NOT YOUR BIRTH
STONE.

Submitter comment: HEARD AS A SMALL CHILD AT HOME.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DEARBORN HEIGHTS

Subject headings: CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Private birthday or anniversary
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Mineral
BELIEF -- Birth
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 01-00-1979

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU HAVE A BACK AILMENT, GET AN OLD PAIR OF SHOES AND PUT THEM
UNDER YOUR BED UPSIDE DOWN.

Where learned: CALIFORNIA ; MONROVIA

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Remedy P750.8

Date learned: CA00001936

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SUPERSTITION

SQUEAKING SHOES MEAN THEY ARE NOT PAID FOR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; GARDEN CITY

Subject headings: Observation
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet

Date learned: CA00001972

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IF YOU WEAR TENNIS SHOES YOU'LL RUIN YOUR EYESIGHT.

Submitter comment: INFORMANT'S MOTHER TOLD HER CHILDREN THIS.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WEST BLOOMFIELD

James Callow Keyword(s): HIDDEN CONNECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Means of Causing or Avoiding Illness

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BASKETBALL SUPERSTITION

IF A BASKETBALL TEAM HAS A VERY GOOD SEASON THE CAPTAIN'S SHOES ARE
HUNG PERMANENTLY IN THE LOCKER ROOM. THIS IS SAID TO BRING THE TEAM
GOOD LUCK IN FOLLOWING YEARS.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): SOCIAL RELATIONS ; SPORTS ; SUPERNATURAL: CAPTAIN'S SHOES AS LUCKY CHARM

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Entertainment Diversion
BELIEF -- Measure of time Year
BELIEF -- Good luck P881.19

Date learned: NOT GIVEN

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LUCK

A SYRIAN BELIEF IS THAT UPSIDE-DOWN SHOES ARE SYMBOLIC OF
INTENSELY BAD LUCK AND/OR DEATH TO THEIR OWNER.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Death Funeral Burial
BELIEF -- Bad luck

Date learned: 00001930S

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IT IS BAD LUCK FOR BASEBALL PLAYERS TO PLACE THEIR EMPTY SHOES ON
THE GROUND BACKWARDS; THAT IS, PLACING THE RIGHT SHOE ON THE LEFT
AND THE LEFT SHOE ON THE RIGHT.

Submitter comment: THIS IS NOTED WHEN BASEBALL PLAYERS CHANGE FROM TENNIS SHOES
INTO THEIR SPIKES.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; ROYAL OAK

James Callow Keyword(s): POSITION DIRECTION

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Number Emptiness, nothingness, zero
BELIEF -- Bad luck Clothing (dress, hat, shoes, suit, etc.)
BELIEF -- Bad luck Games Pastimes Sports

Date learned: 00001970S

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DON'T PUT YOUR SHOES UNDER YOUR BED AT NIGHT OR YOU'LL HAVE
NIGHTMARES.

Submitter comment: EXPLICIT INTERDICTION
MY SISTER-IN-LAW TOLD ME THAT WHEN SHE WAS YOUNGER, SHE PUT
HER SHOES UNDER HER BED ONCE AND THAT NIGHT SHE HAD A
TERRIBLE NIGHTMARE; SHE WOKE UP IN A COLD SWEAT, YELLING AND
SCREAMING.
SINCE THAT NIGHT, MY SISTER-IN-LAW HAS VOWED NEVER TO PLACE
HER SHOES UNDER HER BED AGAIN.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: Spirit / Mind / Body
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Measure of time Sleeping

Date learned: 10-27-1984

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Friendship pins

These pins are given to a friend to show your
friendship for each other.
What you need is a safety pin and some small colored
beads.
To make these all you have to do is put the beads
on the safety pin and close the pin. You can use
any color or as many beads as can fit on the pin.
When you receive one of these it is worn, pinned,
to the upper part of the shoelace.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; WARREN

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet

Date learned: 00001981 ca

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Emergency Phone Calls

When I was a child, I always wore Penny Loafers. My mother would
put dimes in the penny slots of my shoes, just so that I would always
have twenty cents to make a phone call in case of an emergency.

Submitter comment: The dimes I was forced to wear helped me out of a difficult
situation more than once.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; SAGINAW

Keyword(s): Telephone call, price of

Subject headings: 686 First / Once / One / Newness
Favorites
CUSTOM FESTIVAL -- Measure of quality Monetary system Money Wealth
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Number P686.1.20

Date learned: 00001980CA

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The shoes she wore were so worn out that if she stepped on a
dime she could tell if it was heads or tails.

Where learned: DETROIT

James Callow Keyword(s): tactile sense

Subject headings: Favorites
PROSE NARRATIVE -- Jest Anecdote
ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Body part Senses

Date learned: 00001960S

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Always wear a cross around your neck or put your prayers in
your shoe.

Submitter comment: I was always told to keep my prayers in my shoe to keep evil
spirits away.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: ART CRAFT ARCHITECTURE -- Dress HandsFeet
BELIEF -- Devil Demon
BELIEF -- Prayer
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Cross and its various modifications

Date learned: 00-00-1978

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