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BELIEF

ON THE RADIO ONE NIGHT I HEARD A SCIENTIST TALKING ABOUT
U.F.O.'S (UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECTS). HE EXPRESSED BELIEF
IN THE IDEA THAT THE STAR OF BETHLEHEM WAS ACTUALLY A FLYING SAUCER
FROM VENUS, AND CHRIST, HE BELIEVES, WAS VENETIAN.

Submitter comment:

I HEARD THIS AT THE TIME WHEN U.F.O.'S WERE THE BIG THING IN 1968.

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James Callow comment:

The Star of Bethlehem, according to Christian Belief, is the star seen by the local sheperds on the night of Christ's birth. It also led the Three Wise Men from the East to Christ.

Where learned: NOT GIVEN

Keyword(s): Alien ; Broadcast ; Christ ; Planet ; RADIO ; RELIGION ; RELIGION ; Star of Bethlehem ; UFO ; Unidentified Flying Object ; Venetian ; VENUS

Subject headings: Prophet / Seer / Soothsayer
Observation
BELIEF -- Religious hero
BELIEF -- Celestial body come to earth

Date learned: 00-00-1970

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SUPERSTITION

IF YOU COUNT STARS, ONE WILL FALL ON YOU.

Submitter comment: THIS IS NOT STRONGLY BELIEVED BUT PRACTICED ON A "IT COULDN'T
HURT" BASIS. PERHAPS THIS SUPERSTITION CAME ABOUT BECAUSE OF
THE MYSTERY OF THE HEAVENS. ALSO MAYBE SOMEONE WAS ONCE
COUNTING STARS AND SAW A FALLING STAR.

Where learned: MICHIGAN ; DETROIT

Subject headings: BELIEF -- Star
BELIEF -- Celestial body come to earth
BELIEF -- Sign Geometric figure Angular forms
BELIEF -- Number Counting beliefs

Date learned: 10-10-1977

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WHEN YOU SEE A FALLING STAR, YOU MUST SAY "MONEY" THREE TIMES
WHILE THE STAR IS STILL IN VIEW AND THEN YOU WILL GET SOME
MONEY.

Where learned: GEORGIA ; ATHENS

Subject headings: 686 Thirds / Thrice / Three / Triple
BELIEF -- Celestial body come to earth
SPEECH -- Game Pastime Sport

Date learned: 07-22-1968

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